Based in Alton, UK, our experienced staff work with a new space approach which enables a significant reduction in traditional timescales to get technology on orbit
As well as building dedicated customer missions, we have developed our Faraday mission concept offering a satellite rideshare for customers who want to quickly demonstrate their technology by taking a ‘slot’ on board rather than having to build and manage an entire spacecraft and launch for themselves. Our next Faraday mission will launch this summer and then there will be a regular launch cadence of both dedicated customer missions and hosted payload missions approximately every six months thereafter. This allows a very quick turnaround to demonstrate new technologies on orbit which has traditionally been difficult to achieve and allows for rapid technology progression and enables customers to move to revenue more quickly.
From our dedicated 500m2 offices in Alton, Hampshire in the UK with purpose built, satellite cleanrooms, we design manufacture, integrate and test a range of satellites from 1U cubesats up to our in‐house designed Ada and Bell smallsats – depending on what the customer requirement is. We work closely with our customers to develop payload and / or full mission solutions and then lead the process to realise them on orbit. Depending on the customer’s needs we can support as much of the cycle as needed with the option for additional consultancy and procurement support as needed.
Meet the team
The In-Space team have over 150 combined team-years of experience in military, institutional and commercial space activities covering Earth Observation, Sat Comms, Navigation, Space Science and Space Exploration. Our expertise spans developing missions, employing spacecraft from 3kg to 3000kg covering the full range of activities from concept and business case development, through to bidding and winning the work, to delivering and operating the system.
In 2001, Doug moved to Surrey Satellites to become a spacecraft systems engineer. Over the following years, he developed several new spacecraft including Europe’s first Galileo demonstrator satellite, GIOVE-A; ran the Science and Exploration business unit; and delivered multiple satellites and optical imaging payloads including the UK’s first cubesat.
In 2015, Doug created In-Space Missions, a company founded to develop new space enabled services and offer expert consultancy to industry, academia and government. Since 2015, Doug has variously run the UK’s rocket programme; led the technical development of a disruptive innovation centre; developed a commercial demonstration platform for space; and initiated a company delivering real time video and immersive experiences from space. Doug also sits on a number of industry advisory boards and takes an active interest in STEAM outreach.
Prior to joining In-Space, Tony was the Engineering Director at SSTL responsible for all spacecraft and ground segment engineering on project delivery and R&D.
Tony started his career in systems and AOCS engineering and has taken every opportunity to expand his capabilities in technologies across avionics, operations, software and ground segments, and in missions and payloads including Earth Observation, Science, Telecommunications and Navigation. His experience ranges across institutional, experimental and commercial missions, and has included two patents and a NASA Group Achievement Award.
Tony sits on the STEM ESERO-UK steering board and is active in the strategy for growing the Hampshire and M3 LEP region.
Prior to joining In-Space, Ed had most recently been the Head of Mission Solutions and Innovation at Surrey Satellites where he managed the R&D activities of the World’s leading small satellite developer.
Ed started his career in RF and AIT and has worked on, led and managed every part of the satellite design, development, build, test and launch chain.
Kathryn holds a PhD in Astrodynamics, an MSc in Spacecraft Engineering, and graduated from the University of Cambridge (King’s College) with an MA in Astrophysics, where she worked on the University Women’s Executive. She is passionate about gender equality and equity, particularly in relation to STEM activities and tries to instil this passion in her young daughter with varying degrees of success.
A Fellow of Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales, Sarah has deep financial monitoring expertise with a solid understanding of governance and controls required to ensure financial strength and business performance. She also has extensive experience of enabling disruptive innovation in heavily regulated technology environments. In addition to her role at In-Space Sarah holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships
Before joining the space sector, Melanie spent a decade in roles spanning M&A, procurement, supply chain management and strategy for Royal and Sun Alliance and Shell where she initially started as a graduate entrant in 2001.
Prior to this, Nimal worked as a mission systems and concepts engineer at SSTL across a variety of activities including the Remove Debris and Carbonite-1 missions. He also led technical studies examining technology trends, novel mission/payload concepts and economic considerations of satellite imagery. He has hands-on experience of nanosatellite assembly, build and test and of launch site integration. He also previously worked as a technician supporting the development and test of space mission components.
Nimal holds Bachelors and Masters degrees from the York University in Toronto and completed a Space Studies Programme with the International Space University.
After pursuing academic study into space systems part-time, Andres joined In-Space to gain more hands-on experience in Space hardware design and build. He has led the design of key systems on the Faraday spacecraft and can usually be found at his prototype bench or in the In-Space lab.
Susan previously worked at Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd where she was their Exploration Lead and deputy Head of Science. Prior to this she had undertaken a variety of roles on numerous small satellite programmes. This included a wide variety of R&D activities, payload developments and leading the Thermal and Space Environment design for the GIOVE-A mission, the first Galileo pre-cursor spacecraft.
Susan holds a PhD in Spacecraft Systems Engineering, a Masters in Astronautics and Spacecraft Engineering and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics. Her evident capability and enormous enthusiasm for Space Science and Engineering makes her the perfect Head of Outreach.
After starting his career training at Marconi Defence Systems in Portsmouth working on torpedoes, Brian then gained experience on video phones and inflight entertainment systems before transferring to Matra Marconi Space. He worked in the manufacturing department on Skynet 4 spacecraft before moving to Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd working on the UoSAT 12 platform.
At Surrey Brian progressed from contractor through to the Assembly, Integration and Test department where he soon become the Electrical/Mechanical Lead. He has worked on a range of spacecraft including the Galileo constellation and has supported clients all over the globe. Brian also has experience in leading and supporting launch campaigns in Russia, India and the US across a variety of launch vehicles.
Prior to that, he was Team Leader of the Groundsegments team, seeing the end-to-end lifecycle of numerous groundsegments across the world in support of the SSTL satellites. These multi-million pound groundsgements would include groundstation installations along with Spacecraft Operation Centres and Mission Operation Centres, providing spacecraft control and command as well as mission planning systems and data processing systems for the downloaded imagery. Whilst at SSTL, Andrew was also part of the team that successfully launched the first mobile phone into space as a component of the STRaND-1 cubesat.
He has a keen interest in demonstrating the benefits of space and satellite imagery in developing and limited-resource countries, having worked as a VSO volunteer in Ethiopia for three years developing the in-country computing resources and skills of medical and other staff at the Gondar University and Hospital.
Andrew holds a Masters in Computer Animation and Visualisation from Bournemouth University and a Degree in Computer Science from the University of Liverpool. He is also a member of the British Computer Society.
Hana has worked on a variety of projects ranging from day-to-day image scheduling to decommissioning a satellite and deploying the worlds first de-orbit sail on TDS-1 and Carbonite.
Hana joined In Space to pursue her goal of seeing a project from concept through to launch and start of service, and broaden her Operations skill-set.
Natalia is a mentor for UNOOSA Space4Women network and her goal is to support women to join the space industry making it diverse and inclusive.
Prior to In-Space, Amy worked at BAE Systems Applied Intelligence, gaining more than 10 years of service delivery experience. She designed, transitioned and delivered support services for enterprise cyber security solutions for both commercial and government customers. Having held a variety of positions from Support Engineer through to Service Delivery Manager and Service Architect, Amy understands services from the inside out.
Amy holds an MPhys in Physics with Nuclear Astrophysics and a PhD in Theoretical Nuclear Physics, both from the University of Surrey.
Before this, Richard worked as the lead flight software engineer responsible for developing the flight software architecture and Mission Control System used by the SSC. Past missions have included the UKSA’s Alsat-1N mission, Remove Debris, and Inflate Sail. He has hands-on experience in most areas of nanosatellite engineering from concept design through to end of life.
Richard has a Bachelor’s degree in physics from the Open University and completed a Masters in Space Technology at the University of Surrey.
Andrew holds a Masters in Astrophysics from the University of Edinburgh.
Matthew also spent a semester at Universitat Politècnica de València as part of an Erasmus exchange working on product development.
After a long term placement at QinetiQ Space UK, he went onto joining their Electric Propulsion team building and testing Gridded Ion engines. Louis was part of the production team which delivered T6 Ion thrusters for flight on ESA’s BepiColumbo mission to Mercury. He was also instrumental to the manufacture of their T7 prototype ring-cusp thruster. Louis has gained practical hands-on experience in space flight assembly. He now spends his days in the cleanroom, his natural environment, happily developing payload CubeSats.
Previously Peter spent time in the Propulsion team working on Geostationary satellites and small electric propulsion thrusters, as well as helping with service delivery and spacecraft data analysis leveraging skills in Python. During his degree he created an additively-manufactured ramjet, and helped design a hybrid rocket.
Peter holds a Master's Degree in Spacecraft Engineering from the University of Southampton. Away from work he is very busy with a wide range of hobbies, including fencing, civil war re-enactment, (astro)photography, two 3D printers, and sci-fi starship design.
During his time at SSTL he also worked as a Mission System Engineer, responsible for several projects, including the OptiSAR constellation and prior to this he worked on the design and delivery of the Carbonite 2 platform, Galileo FM01/2 Payloads and other exciting mission concept studies such as CHEOPS and SAOCOM-CS.
Pej has always been passionate about space from a young age and this was reinforced by his physics teacher in high school which led him to study at Kingston University where he graduated with an MEng in Aerospace Engineering & Astronautics.
Zak previously worked at Isotropic Systems where he designed and developed a unique lens creation algorithm that accelerated and closed the gap between the fabrication and conception processes, this manifested in the production of lens antennae that substituted costly alternatives. A patent has been submitted for this application.
Zak holds a PhD in Satellite Digital Communications Systems from the university of Surrey, a Masters in Digital Communications Systems and a BSc in Electrical & Electronics Systems Engineering.
Zak loves video games and digital painting
Aditya is originally from Mumbai and has an MSc in Avionics System Design from Cranfield University. Unsurprisingly he is crazy about cricket, and can be found in his whites on most Saturday afternoons in the summer. He is also a STEM ambassador and has volunteered for virtual events.
Theodora holds an MSc in Theoretical Physics from University of Edinburgh and a BSc in Physics with Astrophysics from University of Glasgow. She is also an active volunteer of the Space Generation Advisory Council.
Previously, Bob spent 10 years at Surrey Satellite Technology (SSTL) primarily on ground station Design, build and installation taking him to various parts of the world including countries where an armed guard was required when not in the hotel or customer’s walled grounds. Projects included Alsat-1, Alsat nano, Sapphire, NigeriaSat and RapidEye among others. There was also 9 months working on the high altitude sudo satellite (HAPS), Zephyr, for Airbus.
In spare moments Bob greatly enjoyed assisting students at the Guildford university while working for SSC, and outreach activities at SSTL, and continues doing so at In-Space Missions Ltd with their open and inclusive outreach and intern programmes. His use of amateur radio, since the early 1980’s, helps to demonstrate the basics of radio communication as used on all current spacecraft.
He holds the MEng degree from Imperial College in Electrical and Electronic Engineering and a PhD from the University of Surrey. For Richard’s PhD, he examined millimeter wave resonators for materials characterisation and developed various models for planar transmission line technologies. From here he joined DERA/DSTL designing and testing UHF radio technologies.
Richard is a hardware tinkerer at heart.
In his most recent role, he worked as Programme Manager responsible for portfolio of projects delivering improvements across Assembly & Test department as well as building long term strategy for the cost improvement teams. In previous roles he also led multiple NPI projects including successful certification of the Trent XWB or Advance3 Demonstrator engine.
Greg holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Mechatronics from the Military University of Technology in Warsaw. Although he started his career in the military sector, he quickly switched it for the open skies of the Aerospace and Space industries.
During Nick’s previous roles he was responsible for negotiating various commercial contracts with many of the world’s leading satellite operators. He has provided dedicated consultancy services for several prominent insurance companies and co-authored publications on behalf of the UK Space Agency and Lloyd’s of London. Nick also has expertise in applications of PNT systems and worked for several years advising organisations such as the European GNSS Agency (now EUSPA).
Nick graduated with a Masters in Astronautics & Space Engineering from Cranfield University, having previously read Mathematics at Imperial College, London. He is passionate about sustainable economic development of the space industry and is keen to support efforts relating to space debris mitigation.
Julie started her career as a software developer for PwC, moving through Technical Team Lead to Project Manager. She joined BAE Systems Applied Intelligence as a Project Manager, then becoming Operations Manager, across a range of business areas with projects delivering to both government and commercial customers. After 15 years at BAE Systems she took a career break to spend quality time with her family, and returned to work with In-Space in November 2021.
Julie has an MEng in Ship Science from the University of Southampton.
With an ESA certification to inspect and perform solder operations on printed circuit boards, she has also spent time learning how to make thermal blankets and solar panels and how to carry out incoming inspection, harnessing and wiring.
At In-Space, Lorna spends her time in the cleanroom making flight harnesses, populating printed circuit boards and supporting the test team.
During his time at SSTL he worked on ESA payloads such as the EarthCARE MSI and TROPOMI- missions, AOCS equipment, Radiation Monitors, Power systems and Imager electronics. A majority of his career has been as a hardware engineer, before moving into more system engineering-based roles.
William had worked on the Raspberry Pi camera flown by SSTL on the DOT-1 mission, which ties in his love of space with outreach. William developed a work experience programme at SSTL which saw over 100 students over a 5-year period, enabling students to see different aspects of engineering. Further to this William has spoken at over 50 events, including schools, Universities and Societies, such as the Royal Aeronautical Society where he got to speak with Tim Peake to students interested in space.
She previously worked as PA to the Managing Director of Great Western Trains and before that enjoyed time working and volunteering for the Royal International Air Tattoo at RAF Fairford.
After beginning his career in the UK Military he graduated UCL with a BSc in Planetary science with Spacecraft system engineering. He then attended Cranfield and completed a Masters in Aerospace Propulsion. Upon leaving the forces he took a role in the subsea oil and gas sector. After working for a decade on multiple projects on Five different continents in Mechanical design, Project engineering, Subsea remote Operations, offshore construction and Project management, he returned to the UK to take up a role with Heathrow as part of their capital delivery programme. In delivering 135 million GBP of portfolio over four years, this role culminated as the future flight programme lead with multiple awards for the role out of the counter drone system. Most notably taking the 2020 technology project of the year award and the overall Project of the year in a career highlight.
Taking that aerospace experience, he moved to Teledyne e2v to work on the ESA PLATO next generation Planet hunting telescope optics before moving to In-space to utilise his 2 decades of experience in multi discipline project delivery and operations.
In his spare time, Ben enjoys stargazing, getting out in the woods and mountains, mentoring aspirant engineers towards chartership (through his alumni networks), flying drones and working on his own Rocket, to see how fast it will go.
When she is not recruiting Kiera enjoys spending time with her family, crafting, walking her rescue dog and looking after her home reared chickens!
Kiera holds a degree in Business Studies and Masters in Human Resource Management. Due to her degree having a placement year, she is very passionate about encouraging and enabling undergraduates to have the opportunity to get work experience during their education.
New to the Space Industry, Louisa was introduced to the importance of STEM during her time at Winchester Science Centre. Working for their Education department she helped engage over 150,000 school children from various backgrounds. The aim - to raise Science capital, making it accessible to all. She has since become a STEM Ambassador volunteering to promote STEM in everyday life, squashing stereotypes and breaking down barriers. Inclusion, diversity, mental health and wellbeing in the workplace is an area that she is particularly invested in, recently gaining her CATCHE Level 2 in Understanding children and Young People’s Mental Health and Mental Health First Aid qualification.
Since finishing his Physics BSc at the University of Leicester, he has worked on the UK's radio, TV, and mobile network as a Broadcast Antenna Design Engineer Intern with Arqiva; has successfully enhanced the capabilities of Inertial Navigation Systems while working as a Navigation and Application Engineer at Oxford Technical Solutions (OxTS) and has safely flown 1000 hours as a First Officer for the regional airline Flybe. He also has experience working as a Carer in a residential home for people with Dementia. He joined In-Space in 2020 after 5 months honing his computer programming skills and mathematical knowledge while learning graphical programming in C/C++ and Rust.
He has an MEng in Aerospace and Astronautics from Kingston University and then he worked at Airbus Defence and Space for 10 years. During his time here he worked on many different projects covering many topics in mechanisms, electronics, control systems, GNC modelling, Vision-based control and AOCS, most notably as AOCS/GNC Architect for the Exomars locomotion control system. He also worked on the deployment mechanism for Bepi Columbo and he is excited to find out if it works when it gets to Mercury!
Sam’s previous roles included working at Lumi, manufacturing 30K interactive keypads from design to end-product delivery, sourcing sub-assemblies and parts globally ensuring all quality standards were met. Other roles included Head of Electronics Manufacturing at McLaren Racing, where she was responsible for the manufacturing and the ISO9001 procedures for all electronic assemblies including engine control units, gear box control units, sensors, and data monitoring systems, all produced on site for the McLaren racing team, the F1 road cars and various racing teams throughout all sectors of the motor sports industry.
Brett’s career spans over 25 years, he has worked at a commercial level for a number of organisations and gained wide experience and numerous qualifications.
At his first role with Basys Technology (now STS Defence) he became certified to MIL-2000A working on defence equipment, he also gained an IPC certificate and at this time.
Maintaining his IPC certification in his next role Vega Technology (now Phoenix Systems, Brett worked on defence equipment and gained ESA and NASA certification as an operator and inspector. He became the cleanroom team leader where he worked on Rosetta equipment as well as working in the U.S.A. on behalf of the company to work on flight equipment.
His next role was with SSTL in 2001 where he worked on many projects
as a technician including Giove-A and Galileo. He then moved into Mechanisms as a cleanroom technician. This role progressed into the Mechanisms Engineering team building first-off’s, helping with the build instructions for manufacturing of the mechanisms and testing of the mechanisms.
During his time at SSTL he became an In-House ESA instructor during which led him to the role of Lead ESA Instructor and IPC instructor at the UK ESA School at the University of Portsmouth where he worked for five years before joining some of his old colleagues from SSTL at In-Space Missions.
He has had over 20 years being ESA/IPC certified, working on Flight equipment in a Technician/Engineering capacity.
We have proudly teamed with or provided consultancy and support to:
- Satellite Applications Catapult
- UK Space Agency
- Effective Space Solutions
- British Broadcasting Corporation
- Cranfield University
- Surrey Satellite Technology
- Gerson Lehrman Group
- Lunar Mission One
- Space Net Ventures
- Methera Global Communications
- Roke Manor Research
- Magna Parva
- Oxford Space Systems
- Oxford University
- Oxford Innovation
- Swansea University
- Surrey Space Centre
- XL Catlin
- Clyde & Co.
- Spire Global
- KLEOS Space
- REWIND FX Ltd
- Space KTN
- Bright Ascension
- Telespazio Vega
- Bae Systems
- CS Securities
- The Space Environment Research Centre
- University College London
- Lacuna Space
- Airbus Defence and Space
- BStar LLC
- Manchester University
- Silent Pool Distillers Ltd
- Enterprise M3 LEP
We are also proud to be a member of the SME Forum in UKspace, the trade association of the UK space industry.