Bradford Deep Space Industries

CORE BUSINESS

Bradford Deep Space Industries develops technologies to export the NewSpace philosophy – and the increased value proposition it has already offered in LEO – to new applications in GEO, lunar and interplanetary space. This accelerates the cadence of scientific exploration and enables new business uses beyond LEO.

We offer affordable, high-performance avionics for deep-space and Earth-orbiting smallsat missions. The robust and performing nature of these makes them well suited for both deep-space and demanding LEO applications.

These avionics are a core part of the Bradford Square Rocket, a multi-mission bus that can take payloads of 30kg from the ground to anywhere in the inner solar system for an order of magnitude lower cost than, and less than half the development time of, traditional deep space missions.

Furthermore, we produce the Comet Water Thruster. Comet is a launch-safe and cost-effective electrothermal propulsion system that offers the ideal balance of cost and performance. This high-performance propulsion system unit uses water as propellant, making the system easy to work with and easy to fuel. Its highly-flexible interface is easy to integrate into small satellites, regardless of size and form factor, and easy to operate on orbit.

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES

An avionics solution – a modular system suitable for deep-space or high-performance smallsats in the 30-300kg (dry) mass range with a 5+ year lifetime, consisting of any combination of:

  • robust flight computer
  • high performance computational platform (with full-scale OS)
  • power control and distribution unit (that supports high-power loads such as electric propulsion, radar payload or drive motors)
  • high-power radio transponder with navigational ranging that works out to 1AU
  • a propulsion RTU

The Comet – a water thruster for small LEO spacecraft

  • Non-toxic, safe for humans and launch vehicles
  • More thrust with less electrical power
  • Highly-flexible interface suitable for a wide range of spacecraft sizes
  • Zero failure in-orbit heritag.  

TECHNICAL MEANS

Design, qualification and manufacture of electronic, RF and water propulsion systems.

MAIN CUSTOMER

Commercial smallsat manufacturers, mostly US-based, including LeoStella, HawkEye360, UmbraLabs, Canadensys and Capella.

MAJOR SPACE PROJECTS

Design and developments of deep-space avionics.

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