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SmallSpark Awarded Multi-Year Funding for Mission Planning and Design Automation Platform

SmallSpark Awarded Multi-Year Funding for Mission Planning and Design Automation Platform

8th February 2024

Cardiff, UK – 8th February 2024.  SmallSpark Space Systems, a Cardiff based, space and defence tech venture, has today announced it has been awarded a multi-year contract through the Welsh Government’s Flexible Innovation Funding programme. The funding will be used to support the development of SmallSpark’s next-generation Mission and Systems Design platform – Mission Management Suite (‘MMS’). 


MMS is a platform seeks to reduce the sizes of teams needed to plan, prototype and execute their ambitions in space; providing both Mission & Systems design and execution capabilities to both  NewSpace start-ups and established businesses. The platform, which is set to launch its public BETA in March 2024, will also come packaged with SmallSparks’ proprietary mission planning and Mission Driven Design Automation technologies.  


Mission Driven Design Automation (‘MDDA’) is the process by which MMS is capable of designing and proposing preliminary designs of space systems to meet specific objectives; along with analysing real-world systems data to improve its modelling and design automation capabilities. The goal is to enable significantly smaller teams to plan and execute both mission and systems design and reduce the burden on engineers performing repetitive, automatable task


SmallSpark CEO, Joseph Ward said “We are thrilled to have received Welsh Government backing for MMS. The additional capital invested is going to significantly accelerate the platforms development and let us more effectively bring artificial intelligence into systems and mission design within the context of mission objectives. Our goal is to reduce some aspects of the design process by over 75%. Most importantly, we are doing this at a price that is affordable to early-stage businesses.”  


Mission Management Suite is launching its public BETA on March 8th, 2024, with early access available at Space-Comm 2024, where SmallSpark is exhibiting at stand L10. CLICK HERE to register to attend Space-Comm Expo!


You can sign up to the MMS BETA here: https://smallspark.space/mms-sign-up/ 


About SmallSpark Space Systems


SmallSpark Space Systems is a leading UK-based company dedicated to developing technologies to accelerate the time taken from mission concept to execution; by enabling smaller teams to achieve more, on shorter timelines than ever.

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