In-Space Missions Secures Additional UK Space Agency Funding for Rideshare Satellite Program

In-Space Missions Secures Additional UK Space Agency Funding for Rideshare Satellite Program

In-Space Missions, a wholly owned subsidiary of BAE Systems, has been awarded further funding from the UK Space Agency to progress its Faraday Dragon rideshare satellite program. The funding from Phase 2 of the UK Space Agency’s International Bilateral Fund will be used in the development of novel Asia-Pacific payload technologies that will fly on Faraday Dragon, the world’s first multi-agency Asia-Pacific regional rideshare satellite mission.

The high-profile project brings together, for the first time, established and emerging space entities from Singapore, Taiwan, the Philippines, and Thailand. It opens up additional opportunities for the UK to be at the forefront of future partnerships and procurement programs in the Asia-Pacific region. 

Last year, An initial funding grant enabled the team to hold discussions and workshops with organizations across the region, resulting in the signing of 5 Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) and the down-selection of payloads. Technologies selected from the regional partners to fly on board Faraday Dragon include a hyperspectral imager, VHF Data Exchange System (VDES), inter-satellite links, a deep space astronomy payload, and scientific and technological components. Mutual areas of interest identified for the first mission include agriculture, maritime, connectivity & humanitarian applications.

“The success of Faraday Dragon has exceeded our expectations and additional funding will enable us to progress the technology readiness levels for the down-selected payloads. With five organizations already interested in flying their innovative space technologies on the spacecraft, we’re confident we’ll have an interesting mix of complementary capabilities on our first Faraday Dragon rideshare mission. We hope that by encouraging multiple customers to participate in rideshare missions, we can offer a more cost-effective and sustainable approach to space.” Tony Holt, Director of Business Development and Propositions.

“Our International Bilateral Fund bolsters international collaboration that harnesses the UK’s national expertise, supports new space capabilities, and catalyzes investment. This mission showcases key UK strengths as a space-faring nation. Firstly, as a global leader in launch support services and, secondly, in manufacturing and integrating small satellites with international partners and allies.” Professor Anu Ojha OBE, Championing Space Director at the UK Space Agency.

Faraday Dragon is a 250kg class satellite system that will be designed, assembled, integrated, and tested in the UK by In-Space Missions. Due to launch in 2026 and with a 5-year mission lifetime, it will accommodate a suite of complementary payloads from the Asia-Pacific space agencies and their respective stakeholders from government, academia, and the private sector, providing opportunities to share knowledge, data, training, and mission insights. Faraday Dragon’s open architecture can be fully customized, allowing partners to create a roadmap for future space capabilities.

Click here to learn more about In-Space Mission's Faraday Dragon Rideshare Program.

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Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


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GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


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Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


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Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


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NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013