October 23, 2013:

ÅAC Microtec signs Strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and Master Service Agreement (MSA) with Oakman Aerospace, Inc., CO, USA 

ÅAC Microtec AB (ÅAC) and Oakman Aerospace, Inc. (OAI), global leaders in rapid and responsive space systems and services announces that they have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) and associated Master Service Agreement (MSA) to develop and produce Modular, Open-System Architecture (MOSA) systems, spacecraft, space components, and mission/payloads for government, commercial, and academic applications.

ÅAC and OAI signed the MoU on September 10, 2013, which was followed by the MSA and its first Task Order (TO). ÅAC and OAI are actively pursuing a Technical Assistance Agreement (TAA) through the United States Department of State Directorate of Defense Trade Controls (DDTC) to support the MoU/MSA and future TO’s. In the interim, OAI is working under an ITAR Exemption Certification signed by the Department of the Air Force, Foreign Disclosure and Technology Transfer ÅAC’sTechEdSat after deployment from ISS (Photo: NASA) Division, Policy Directorate (SAF/IAPD).

Ulf Sundström, Sr VP Sales & Marketing for ÅAC commenting on the cooperation agreement said, “the collaboration is an evidence that two highly qualified Small and Medium Enterprises from the US and Sweden with unique and complementary competences are committed to create opportunities and provide values to the aerospace market. We are looking forward to jointly servicing our customers with our best solutions.”

Maureen O’Brien, Director of Space Trade and International Affairs for OAI commenting on the MoU/MSA and resulting TO’s said, “Oakman Aerospace and ÅAC Microtec have very complementary products and services that when leveraged in combination will position both companies for future expansion and increased opportunities in the U.S. and international aerospace and defense services markets. These agreements highlight the ability of small companies to do business on the international stage. OAI and ÅAC look forward to providing the best possible engineering products and services to our customers, teammates, and stakeholders.”

October 16, 2013:

New focus on innovative and cost-efficient satellites in Sweden 

OHB Sweden, Stockholm, and ÅAC Microtec, Uppsala, have been commissioned by the Swedish National Space Board to continue studying a cost-effective satellite, InnoSat, from an innovative perspective. The two companies' extensive expertise, innovative products and efficient work approaches are combined in a successful manner, giving Sweden the opportunity to build satellites at a very competitive price.

The InnoSat project has entered the phase where the satellite design will be established to meet the demands of several Swedish scientific missions while maintaining a low price. In addition to the direct benefit to the Swedish science missions, OHB Sweden and ÅAC Microtec see potential to offer this satellite in the global market.

"We are very excited that the Swedish National Space Board wants to continue creating national space missions in a timely and cost effective manner. This will once again give our Swedish scientists the chance for unique world-class research. For us it means that we retain and further develop the national capacity to build complete space systems. As the next innovation step after satellites like Odin, SMART-1 and PRISMA, we are together with ÅAC Microtec developing a product that will be competitive in the international market", says Gierth Olsson, CEO of OHB Sweden.

“There is a clear trend that the market is demanding smaller and cheaper satellites meeting higher performance requirements than was previously possible. The development of the small satellite market has really exploded in recent years driven by technological progress and also due to global budget restrictions forcing the paradigm shift. We therefore see a huge global potential of the new satellite platform and look forward to the cooperation with OHB Sweden”, says Ulf Sundström, Sr VP Sales & Marketing at ÅAC Microtec. 

InnoSat is a satellite in the micro-class (10-100 kg), which in its standard version will have a mass of about 40 kg and dimensions of 50 x 50 x 50 cm. The satellite design is flexible and can be adapted for other instruments with requirements beyond the standard specification.

August 10-15, 2013:
ÅAC Microtec exhibited at the SmallSat conference 2013 that took place in August 10-15 in Logan, UT, USA.

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June 17, 2013:

ÅAC Microtec celebrates successful satellite mission

The TechEdSat satellite built in cooperation with NASA re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on May 5th 2013.

ÅAC Microtec group announces the successful completion of its TechEdSat satellite mission. As planned, TechEdSat re-entered Earth’s atmosphere on May 5th, 2013 after seven months of operation.

The TechEdSat satellite, small enough to fit in a briefcase, was developed in cooperation with NASA Ames Research Center and San Jose State University. It was deployed into space from the International Space Station (ISS) on October 4th, 2012. During the mission, ÅAC Microtec has demonstrated its innovative concept of rapid integration and radiation-tolerant avionics in orbit.
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The left image is a photo of TechEdSat together with two other satellites after their deployment from the International Space Station (ISS). The right image is a photo of TechEdSat with the Earth in the background. Both photos were taken by an astronaut inside the ISS. Images courtesy of NASA.

“We have shown that we can build a satellite in 4 months. During the mission it was also confirmed that ÅAC Microtec’s components stand the extreme conditions of a rocket launch and operation in space. The key factors for the success of the mission were the good and fruitful cooperation with NASA, the fantastic commitment from our dedicated employees and the support from the Swedish National Space Board.” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO of ÅAC Microtec.
The results of this mission mark a stepping stone for the company. Trust into satellite avionics is built up through flight heritage - the actual use of technology under real mission conditions. The results of the TechEdSat mission are being used in the design of the next satellite, ORS^2, which is 6 times bigger than TechEdSat and it will be launched in end of 2013.


TechEdSat together with two other satellites after their deployment from the International Space Station
(ISS) in front of the the solar arrays of ISS and the Earth. The photo was taken by an astronaut inside the
ISS. Image courtesy of NASA.

March 13, 2013:

The Swedish king and Turkey’s president visited ÅAC Microtec

ÅAC Microtec had distinguished guests today. During the first ever Turkish state visit to Sweden one of the items on the agenda was a visit to the successful Uppsala-based space company.

As a part of the Turkish president Abdullah Gül’s state visit to Sweden he and his host His Majesty King Carl XVI Gustaf visited the Uppsala-based company ÅAC Microtec. The Turkish president wished to see a high-tech company active in the space industry, and ÅAC Microtec was chosen.  

ÅAC Microtec develops, manufactures and markets robust multifunctional electronics systems for aerospace and industrial applications. Thekingsmall company offers cost-effective satellite systems based on Rapid Integration Architecture (RIA), which revolutionizes the way small satellites can be built. Among other things, ÅAC Microtec delivered all the electronics to NASA’s test satellite TechEdSat, which was released from the International Space Station ISS in October 2012. 

“It’s a great honor and pleasure to welcome the president of Turkey and the king of Sweden to ÅAC Microtec. We are proud of this recognition of our small satellite systems solutions and our technology. As Turkey is in the forefront of advanced space technology solutions the country is a key market for us,” says Kjell Bohlin, CEO at ÅAC Microtec.

February 18, 2013

The British Ambassador to Sweden, Paul Johnston, visits ÅAC Microtec, Uppsala.
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February 14, 2013

Zergun Koruturk, Turkish Ambassador to Sweden, visits ÅAC Microtec, Uppsala.

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February 8, 2013

The Swedish Television (SVT) has interviewed personnel at ÅAC Microtec, the interview took place in the company’s in house laboratory at Uppsala Science Park, which will be on air in the channel’s popular news programme ‘Aktuellt’ at 9.00pm on Monday the 11th February.



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