Newspace Systems Pty. LTD., from Cape Town, South Africa, signed with Oakman Aerospace, Inc. of Colorado, USA, at the 4S Symposium for small Earth observations (EO) satellites held in Malta earlier this month in a deal which the company believes will give them a competitive edge in the small satellite market.
Both companies are specialists in various fields of the small satellite industry and the partnership will enable them to establish a unique technical platform for the manufacture and operation of small satellites with interchangeable modular components sourced from different suppliers. This will help to extend a satellite’s service lifetime and ultimately reduce costs.
Their products will be available to government, commercial, and academic customers across the globe. This first MoU paves the way for a Master Service Agreement after which they will pursue a Technical Assistance Agreement through the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC).
_“This pact is not only about extending our business and increasing exports for our country but also recognition of African capability in the sophisticated high-tech small satellite market,” said James Barrington-Brown, CEO of NewSpace Systems (NSS), which has already secured some 30 contracts from 11 different countries. _
Stanley Kennedy, President and Chief Systems Engineer for Oakman Aerospace, Inc (OAI), commented on the MoU—“Oakman Aerospace is enthusiastic for this opportunity to work with NewSpace Systems in developing and advancing modular, open-systems architecture and leveraging the competitive advantage this agreement brings to the United States and world markets.”
James Barrington-Brown, NewSpace Systems CEO, added, “With NewSpace’s product solutions for the smallsat market, the next logical next step is to focus more directly on the US, which is currently the most significant smallsat community—OAI makes the perfect partner for our next stage of company investment and growth.”
Oakman Aerospace, Inc. is a veteran, woman-owned business focused on space mission engineering and simulation; mission analysis; orbit design and orbit constellation design; spacecraft design, analysis and simulation; payload design and analysis; and flight software development.
NewSpace Systems, which has it main facility in South Africa and a subsidiary in the UK, has as shareholders Space Commercial Services Aerospace Group, South Africa’s biggest private satellite company as well as a Dutch investor. NewSpace Systems operates its own European Space Agency standard Clean Room facility, which is the only one in Africa.