Oxford Space Systems has raised a £3 million equity investment round after tripling revenues.

A key player in the investment round is UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S), managed by Future Planet Capital, which contributed £750k from its recently announced MoD-funded Defence & Security portfolio.

The company has identified further opportunities to expand its product portfolio, exploring high-growth opportunities in satellite communication markets, both in space and on the ground.

Specific projects identified by the company  include variants of the successful Wrapped Rib Synthetic Aperture Radar antenna architecture, a Hinged Rib high frequency antenna (pictured) for intersatellite communications and a terrestrial antenna for rapid deployment/high performance connectivity. 

These products all have a range of both commercial and defence and security applications to enable high performance, cost effective capabilities from space across earth observation, telecoms and security applications.

Potential applications of the Hinged Rib antenna include data relay from Earth Observation satellites in Low Earth Orbit to high capacity geostationary satellites and subsequent down link to secure ground stations. The terrestrial antenna will be ultra lightweight to better support dismounted soldiers or other users, such as disaster recovery and aid workers, that need fast access to high capacity communications networks.

New CEO and exec chair at SpaceTech Orbex

“This growth round will enable us to develop high-potential products and expand our market reach beyond that previously envisaged,” said CEO Sean Sutcliffe.

“We are pleased that UKI2S has been able to provide significant support for this growth funding, alongside our other investors, and recognise that these outstanding products can help the UK and its allies and partners address their future requirements in an innovative and cost effective way.

“This is also enabling us to build on our deployable antenna product development and manufacturing capabilities at our Harwell and Abingdon facilities, showcasing a commitment to UK technology advancement and innovation.”

Deal lead for UKI2S at Future Planet Capital, Alex Leigh, said: “UKI2S is proud to support Oxford Space Systems with a £750k cheque from its £18m Defence & Security portfolio.

“Oxford Space Systems is set to play a vital role in the space industry, increasingly crucial for the economy and national security.

“In 2024, amidst a constrained funding landscape, UKI2S is actively deploying capital into investments focused on defence & security, and we are delighted to kick off the year by supporting Oxford Space Systems’ growth.”

Former Tesco trolley pusher nets Dragons’ Den investment