Laser communications start-up launches US subsidiary

Posted on May 24, 2021 by Jonathan Symcox

Archangel Lightworks

Archangel Lightworks CEO Richard Johanson, left, meets with the Space Florida team

Archangel Lightworks has launched a US subsidiary based in Orlando after winning Space Florida’s grand prize at the 2020 Florida Venture Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum. 

The laser communications start-up, based in Didcot, Oxfordshire, will benefit from continued support from Space Florida. 

The company has international ambitions to improve data and communications infrastructure for the aerospace sector.  

“Space Florida is pleased to welcome Archangel Lightworks to Florida,” said Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO.  

“Archangel’s establishment of its first U.S. subsidiary in Orange County, is a testament to the State’s thriving capital ecosystem and rapidly expanding aerospace industry.  

We congratulate the company on its recent achievements, which includes earning the top spot at the Space Florida sponsored 2020 Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum last year, and look forward to future success.” 

The establishment of Archangel Lightworks USA will be supported by the University of Central Florida and its Incubation Soft-Landing Program.    

“We are very excited that Archangel Lightworks has decided to stand up their US operations in Orlando… they represent exactly the type of company we look for – a talented team with leading edge innovation in a rapidly growing market and a commitment to anchoring their growth in Central Florida,” said Carol Ann Logue, Director of Programs & Operations for the University of Central Florida’s Innovation Districts and Business Incubation Program.   

CEO of Archangel Lightworks, Richard Johanson, added: “The establishment of Archangel Lightworks USA is a fantastic step for the company and has been the result of hard work by many.  

We have gratefully received significant support from our partners in the region and look forward to growing our team and our presence in Florida.

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