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Smallspark Space Systems, Leaf Space Offer Ground Station Services to the UK

By | July 24, 2020

Leaf Space engineers install ground station infrastructure. Photo: Leaf Space.

Smallspark Space Systems and Leaf Space, an Italian ground segment services provider, revealed on July 17 that they entered into an agreement to offer ground station services to the U.K. government and U.K. private sector clients.

Smallspark and Leaf Space plan to deliver joint bids for projects with the U.K. government and other commercial operators in the U.K. Both companies aim to become the primary contractor for services related to supporting the U.K. government’s ambitions with OneWebEarlier this July, OneWeb revealed that the U.K. government acquired the company by providing $500 million, and Bharti Global Limited provided another $500 million.

Commenting on this agreement, Joe Ward, CEO of Smallspark Space Systems said: “Working with Leaf Space is an exciting opportunity for both Smallspark and U.K. Space as a whole; with the U.K.’s goals of dramatically expanding its reach into space, we’re keen to help support the governments ambitions wherever possible. With both satellite constellations and native launch capabilities, it is essential the U.K. has reliable, agile ground station services to support applications requiring high bandwidth and low latency communications, driven by adoption of 5G technologies via terrestrial & satellite networks. Italy has always been a pioneer in the global space market, and we’re thrilled to lead the path to strengthen U.K.-Italy ties.”

Financial details of the contract were not disclosed.