UK-based space start-up Open Cosmos has developed a new platform designed to reduce time and costs of nanosatellite missions.

The new qbee modular nanosatellite platform enables customers to launch payloads up to 20kg at a lower cost and time than conventional options.

Qbee also offers a complete launch solution, including mission simulation, spacecraft design, integration, testing, launch procurement, frequency allocation, insurance and operations for customers.

“We are entering a new age of space, heralded by the miniaturisation and commercialisation of electronics."

By owning all the necessary technologies, standardising interfaces and employing improved technology, the platform is able to simplify the mission.

According to Open Cosmos, qbee allows the simultaneous launch of multiple satellites, which aims to decrease costs.

It also helps release new data more easily for monitoring Earth’s atmosphere, policing oceans, assessing infrastructure, and connecting people with new telecommunications services.

Open Cosmos founder and CEO Rafel Jordà Siquier said: “We are entering a new age of space, heralded by the miniaturisation and commercialisation of electronics. Formerly, testing in orbit meant bespoke, bulky and costly satellite platforms. That’s no longer the case and the UK is leading the way in unlocking space for the masses.

“By harnessing technological development, we are able to offer our customers this access to orbit for a fraction of the price previously possible.

“Our hope is that, by lowering the barriers to entry, qbee will accelerate the advancement of new space technologies, and even help to create new business propositions based on space data. As we launch more and more satellites, we will be able to reduce the cost even more, further democratising the final frontier.”

In March, Open Cosmos launched its first nanosatellite from the International Space Station.