January 10, 2007:

Ångström Aerospace Corporation heads project to study advanced integration of sensors for small unmanned vehicles

Ångström Aerospace Corporation from Uppsala has, together with Saab Microwave (SMW), Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and Swedish National Defence College (FHS), received a grant from VINNOVA, Swedish Defence Procurement Agency (FMV) and Swedish Emergency Management Agency to study an advanced sensor system for small unmanned vehicles. 

"Ångström Aerospace Corporation is looking forward to lead this project together with our partners, Saab Microwave, Swedish Defence Research Agency and Swedish National Defence College. This system has a great potential to revolutionize the performance of small unmanned vehicles, such as microautonomous aeronautical vehicles (MAVs)” says Ångström Aerospace CEO Dr. Fredrik Bruhn.

The six month project will bring together unique microsystems-based packing technology from Ångström Aerospace Corporation and high performing radio frequency technology from FOI. Saab Microwave will contribute within system requirements as well as serving as technology evaluator. FHS will study implementations of the future product within defence and security.

“If the project demonstrates that it is possible to construct this type of system, then we will for example get improved possibilities to rescue people in earthquake areas and both supervise and protect soldiers” says brigadier general (ret.) Lennarth Pettersson, business developer in defense and security at Ångström Aerospace.

April 27, 2007:

Spin-off Company of the year 2006

Ångström Aerospace Corporation (ÅAC) is honored with the award ”Spin-off company of the year 2006” (i.e. “Årets avknoppningsföretag”) given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (Ingenjörsvetenskapsakademien (IVA)), CONNECT, and Innovationsbron. Companies spun-off from Swedish universities can compete for the award.

Ångström Aerospace was established in June 2005 as a spin-off from the research department Ångström Space Technology Centre (ÅSTC) at Uppsala University. The results of eight years of research on advanced microsystems were then taken into a commercialization process. Today, the company focuses on developing systems-of-microsystems for future satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles, combat vehicles, and portable devices.

Our main markets are civil security, defense, and space applications. These markets represent a potential of many billions per year, says Dr Fredrik Bruhn.
Our success stems from the fact that ÅAC already from the beginning realized the importance of creating a broad mix of competences including microsystems, entrepreneurship, and business development. For instance, we hired the former Air Component commander from the Swedish Air Force, Brigadier General Lennarth Pettersson as our business developer for civil security and defense. Early on we also engagaed Dr.h.c. Uno Alfredéen, a serial entrepreneur with 50 years experience of international business as the director of board.

We have been business minded ever since the foundation and that has resulted in us already having a number of high-profile customers such as the Saab group, the Swedish Space Agency (SNSB), and the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), says Dr Bruhn.

Bruhn stresses the achievements made by the former research department. The uniquely technology platform developed at ÅSTC has made it possible to be five to seven years ahead of organizations such as NASA on multifunctional microsystems. The people involved in the research at the former research department are also co-owners of the company through a joint holding company, called Kalogi AB.

Since the spin-off in June 2005, the technology has been further developed in order to better match the market. The development is done in cooperation with a number of actors including the Swedish Defence Research Agency (FOI) and VINNOVA.

The jury – consisting of the former Ericsson boss, Sven-Christer Nilsson, CellaVision’s managing director Yvonne Mårtensson, Ulf Lundqvist, former R&D manager of Pharmacia, and Lars Öjefors, president of CONNECT Sverige - has based their choice on a combination of product uniqueness and the business plan, management and potential. ÅAC will receive a scholarship of SEK 50,000.


November 02, 2007:

Ångström Aerospace readies MEMS flight hardware for the Japanese satellite “SpriteSat”

Ångström Aerospace Corporation from Uppsala Sweden provides advanced micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) components for Tohoku University satellite “SpriteSat” due to be launched in mid-late 2008.

SpriteSat is an Earth observation satellite built by the Tohoku University located in Sendai, Japan. The space mission is to monitor Sprites (lightning effects) phenomenon in the upper atmosphere. It is approximately 50 kg and is scheduled to be launched in mid-late 2008 as a piggy-back payload on a Japanese H2A rocket to a 600 km sun synchronous orbit. 

Ångström Aerospace Corporation (ÅAC) is providing a micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS) payload consisting of several advanced 3-dimensional system-in-package (3D-SIP) computer modules, on-board storage based on new magnetic random-access-memory (MRAM) technology, and a 3-axis magnetic sensor for attitude determination. The ÅAC payload is using an internal Controller Area Network (CAN) bus and serial communication links to test distributing computing. The MEMS payload is currently being assembled at ÅAC’s facilities and will be shipped to the integrator during November 2007.

“The payload provided by Ångström Aerospace Corporation is a significant addition to the satellite capabilities and really raises the mission value by integrating very advanced MEMS”, says Professor Kazuya Yoshida from Tohoku University.

Ångström Aerospace will perform a large number of tests on the provided MEMS components and collect valuable statistics regarding the performance and quality of ultra small devices suitable for the space industry.

“This is an amazing opportunity for Ångström Aerospace to validate our designs and groundbreaking technology developments in the field of systems-of-micro/nano systems. In addition to providing the satellite with additional functions we further strengthens our position as a world leader in MEMS for aerospace applications”, says Dr Fredrik Bruhn, CEO of Ångström Aerospace. 

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