C4DI goes to new heights

new member for C4DI - Ambasat

Technology and environmental specialists, AmbaSat, have joined Hambleton’s new C4DI community.

And they will be explaining their mission to give every individual, student, engineer and explorer the opportunity to build and launch their very own satellite into space, at this week’s Hambleton Business Week! 


Co-founders Martin Platt and Marcel Houtveen will be addressing delegates tomorrow (Tuesday May 11) at the virtual event being hosted by C4DI in Northallerton. The new business centre based at the Treadmills development will be officially opened as part of the event.

Ambasat – the newest member of the C4DI community - looks to explore new environmental challenges as humans accelerate space exploration capabilities. 

“We’ve joined C4DI because we see it as a real powerhouse of inspiration and support,” said Martin.

“What we’ve lacked in the past is a strong network and the ability to call upon a solid pool of resources to help drive the business forward. C4DI has those qualities in spades, and C4DI Northallerton is the icing on the cake for us.” 

Ambasat was born out of their joint environmental, business and technology expertise.   “We spent five years developing and manufacturing a new technology to provide remote sensing, monitoring and alerting systems for industrial and commercial food businesses,” he added. 

“But now just imagine if you could build your very own spacecraft and have it launched into Low Earth Orbit for a little more than the cost of a PlayStation!

In 2019, working from a small base in Northallerton, they launched a successful Kickstarter and Indiegogo crowd-funding campaign to develop the first “miniature” space satellite called AmbaSat-1. This tiny space satellite kit can be assembled and coded and then launched on-board a commercial rocket into Low Earth Orbit, to spend up to three months in space.

There it can conduct a wide range of data-gathering studies, such as monitoring CO2 emissions, evaluating UV exposure and radiation, monitoring gas emissions, measuring temperature and humidity, and gathering GPS location data. After three months in space, the satellite’s orbit decays before finally burning up in the Earth’s atmosphere, with minimal environmental impact. 

“Our aim is to promote science, technology, maths, engineering and environmental studies amongst school pupils, university students and other aspiring scientists,” he continued. 

“We want to put an AmbaSat Space Satellite into the hands of every UK student, every aspiring engineer and every space explorer.   There are seven AmbaSat rocket launches scheduled over the next few years, and we’re quickly expanding our educational network with new partners to help deliver the satellite courses. And plans for AmbaSat-2 and AmbaSat-3 are already underway.” 

Discover more about AmbaSat on www.ambasat.com. 

For more on the business week check out c4di.live


Published: 10th May 2021

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