Isotropic Systems, a developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, announced a major development contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) supported by the UK Space Agency (UKSA).

Isotropic Systems has received commitment of over €18.5M from UKSA to co-fund the activity implemented through the Advanced Research in Telecommunications Systems (ARTES) Company and Growth (C&G) programme of ESA, which enables industry to translate innovative concepts into leading-edge satcom products and services. The development contract ensures oversight of ESA’s experts and the technical integrity of Isotropic’s path to product launch in early 2022.

This milestone also secures U.K. tech sector jobs growth, adding over 150 highly skilled engineering roles in the U.K. over the next two years. And with a new 20,000 sq. ft. technology and testing center opening in Reading, the company will also develop custom ASIC designs as well as several other advanced technologies at the heart of Isotropic Systems’ technology.  

Isotropic Systems is already working closely with a broad range of public and private sector U.K. organisations, including QinetiQ, Satellite Applications Catapult and Innovate UK, as well as the U.K.’s Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy.

The new contracts follow Isotropic Systems’ recent funding round, which successfully raised over $40M from SES, specialised space investors Orbital Ventures, U.K. government’s Future Fund and existing investors Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures, Space Angels and Firmament Ventures. Together, the fundraising and subsequent contracts secure Isotropic Systems’ role providing vital infrastructure to the global space industry, with the company’s unique technology enabling next-generation satellite connectivity across the globe.

Commenting on the contract John Finney, Isotropic Systems CEO said, “This important milestone contract with ESA demonstrates the potential of our revolutionary terminals and will secure our role in the near-term growth of the U.K. and global space market. The level of support, expertise and technical oversight we receive from ESA, along with our recent fundraising, will enable us to scale our business to plan and help solve the world’s connectivity challenges across a range of applications and industries.”

Domenico Mignolo, head of Ground User Segment Technologies and Products at ESA, added,” The contract signed with Isotropic Systems, demonstrates that ARTES C&G really supports SME’s ambitious plans to turn disruptive technologies into products for the satcom market.”

“This ARTES-programme contract with Isotropic Systems is an exciting catalyst for growth and innovation, not only for a new generation of disruptive and transformational connectivity terminals but also high-value technology jobs supporting the growing U.K. space sector,” said Michael Rudd, Head of Telecommunications Strategy at UKSA. “The U.K.’s ambitions to grow our space sector will be realised in a large part thanks to incredibly innovative U.K.-based firms like Isotropic Systems.”