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Bright Ascension and Third Planet Orbital announce partnership

Bright Ascension and Third Planet Orbital are pleased to announce the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding fostering collaboration and development of joint capability. 

The agreement commits the two companies to pool their expertise and resources in order to  identify and pursue promising opportunities within the fast-growing New Space industry. Through this collaboration, Bright Ascension and Third Planet Orbital will form the foundations of a standardised integrated software and hardware platform. 

Leveraging the combined skills and capabilities of Bright Ascension and Third Planet Orbital, the  partnership aims to improve access to functionally standardised satellites for payload and mission  operators. Bright Ascension’s modular software directly supports Third Planet Orbital’s approach for establishing a robust, repeatable and resilient supply chain. The use of pre-existing and pre validated libraries accelerates integration of hardware independently of the customer critical path.  

The integration promises to streamline customers’ development activities, delivering cost-effective  and off-the-shelf solutions that are mission ready at launch and realise revenues early. Moreover, it  enables effortless access to a wider and well-integrated space software infrastructure through  Bright Ascension’s HELIX suite of products, ranging from managing ground operations to  delivering space-based services and transforming them into value-added insights and applications.


The agreement aligns with Bright Ascension’s Software and Integration Partner Programme, which supports the company's ongoing HELIX software suite expansion and serves as a strategic  platform for developing collaboration with commercial entities across the global space sector.  Embracing both software and hardware technology providers, the programme offers diverse  avenues for generating new business opportunities and driving revenue growth.


“We are thrilled to embark on this transformative journey with Third Planet Orbital.” said Peter  Mendham, CEO at Bright Ascension. “By combining our strengths, we aim to offer a substantially  cheaper, better and easier access to spacecraft development, which also comes with pre-existing  and tightly integrated mission growth opportunities, such as automation of operations or space based data delivery for further insights and intelligence, provided through our upcoming HELIX  suite of software products.” 

Third Planet Orbital CEO Miles Ashcroft said “The opportunity presented by the space sector is  enormous and our job is to make it as easy as possible for payload users to become mission  ready. If we are to Simplify Time to Mission Success, then our satellite buses must be accessible  and operate consistently out-of-the-box. It is a vital component of what we do, and how we help our  customers is to have competent software on board our buses. Bright Ascension gives us that  confidence to go to market knowing our customers can concentrate effort on their payloads and  operations.

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