Booming cubesat market and capabilities are still the beginning of fundamental change to the space industry

Craig Clark, satellite builder and CEO of Clyde Space Ltd., discusses the changing nature of the space industry and the potential benefits of small satellites made available on a much wider basis. He spoke at DARPA’s “Wait, What?” forum on Sept. 10, 2015

Clyde Space is an award winning supplier of small and micro spacecraft systems. They are mostly kept busy with work on our high performance power subsystems, DC-DC Converters, lithium polymer batteries and high efficiency solar panels, typically for small satellite missions.

Over 40% of all CubeSat missions fly Clyde Space hardware; more than any other vendor. Their hardware also has more flight heritage and success stories than any other vendor. This is due to the high performance nature of their products and excellent customer service that we provide consistently for all of our customers. Clyde Space is also the only major CubeSat vendor with an ISO9001:2008 accredited quality system.

within 3 years a 3 kg satellite will have 2 gigabit per second laser communication

In 3-5 years there will be sub-1 meter imaging from small satellites. Deployable structures from cubesats will push the technology forward.