The idea was simple! If satellites were made sufficiently small and light (nano-satellites weigh 10 kg or less), they could be launched quickly and at low cost by converted fighter jets. Lars Stenmark, Adjunct Professor of Microsystems Technology at Uppsala University, had been involved in space projects for many years. In 1996, he started a research group at Uppsala University that in 2000 became a center dedicated to developing microsatellites, Ångström Space Technology Centre (ÅSTC).

Within a few years, he had attracted a new generation of researchers. Financial support came from Uppsala University, the European Space Agency and the Swedish National Space Board. After almost 10 years, the group had a sufficiently strong process bank to begin commercializing their knowhow. In 2005, Ångström Aerospace (ÅSTC Aerospace AB) was established as a spin-off from ÅSTC.

Orders from space agencies and aero groups began to come in. From the beginning, we understood that innovation was not enough. Equally important is the ability to do business, and to build a business with the right competence and capacity.

2005: Ångström Aerospace (ÅSTC Aerospace AB)  is spun-out from Uppsala University

2006: The Swedish National Space Board placed a contract on ÅAC Microtec to do a joint
          development of Miniaturized mass memory  & IMU contract. 

2007: Honored with the award ”Spin-off company of the year 2006” given by the Royal Swedish
          Academy of Engineering Sciences.

2008: The patented XiVIA™ is presented for the market. It is a robust through silicon via (TSV)

2009: RISING-1satellite (SPRITE-SAT) was launched on Jan 23rd, with microelectronics from 
          ÅAC MicrotecEngaged in a bilateral development program between the Swedish government
          and US DoD to develop components and satellite structures based on a new modular low cost
          standard for small satellites named SPA (Space Plug and Play Avionics).

2010: ÅAC Microtec leads ESA project to investigate a standardized European microsystems
          interface for nano-satellite systems. 

2011: AAC Microtec North America, our US subsidiary are established at NASA Ames Research

2012: TechEdSat-1 satellite was built and launched with NASA Ames. Deployed on Oct 4th from   
           the International Space Station (ISS).
           New program agreement signed with NASA Ames for TechEdSat-2, a 6U satellite, with a total
           project value of 6M$.

2013:  ÅAC Microtec relocated to our new facility with better capabilities for supplying state of the art
           products and systems. 
           The TechEdSat satellite deorbited after a successful mission, where our fault-tolerant algorithms
           were proven.

           The Swedish King and Turkish President visited us along with ministers and ambassadors. 


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