Ambitious organisations are looking to the skies… setting their sights on new ways to communicate across the planet’s most challenging locations. Advanced satellites and unmanned aerial vehicles will propel those ambitions – and we are uniquely placed to help.

With an unrivalled, world-class track record in satellite, aviation and beyond line of sight drone systems, we are ready to deliver your complex aerospace breakthroughs at rapid pace. Our deeply-rooted expertise in communication, AI and secure systems unlocks commercial potential and opens new horizons of opportunity.

Our specialisms


End-to-end communications systems 

Iridium’s $3b NEXT satellite constellation was the largest technology upgrade ever to take place in space. It was underpinned by our decade-long contribution as core technology partner – and is indicative of our exceptional capabilities in the system design of non-terrestrial communication networks. From such truly global systems to the development of transceivers, gateway systems and service management platforms, our expertise is extensive.

What does this represent for you? A fast track to reliable, high-performance end-to-end communications systems with minimal risk. We can maximise your bandwidth efficiency while reducing costs to meet strict budgets.

Critical control beyond line of sight

We are experts in the design and development of critical control and Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) systems that extend beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS). Our teams excel at this new frontier of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) service development. We’ll help you over the many hurdles of BVLOS operations to achieve innovative yet cost-effective, high availability systems. You’ll unlock valuable new UAV services such as surveillance, remote sensing and product delivery. Highly secure control systems will enable robust communication services for the most critical tasks.

Intelligent antennas

Our work is shaping the future of advanced beam forming antennas. In 2020, we announced a remarkable breakthrough: the world’s largest commercial airborne antenna, created to beam 5G connectivity from the stratosphere. Our team includes some of the world’s leading experts in intelligent antenna design. They’re ready to propel full-scale systems into low-cost, high-volume commercial production.

This is highly specialised, challenging engineering with vast potential. Beam steering gives non-terrestrial networks ubiquitous coverage – even when tracking fast moving objects like vehicles and aircraft. This technology delivers the intelligent connectivity that maximises data rates and reliability to unlock a host of innovative use cases.

Reducing SWaP in terminals

Our unique blend of in-house IP, silicon and device development expertise enables us to radically reduce the SWaP (size, weight and power) of terminal equipment. By targeting silicon for satellite, we can help you overcome the economic challenge of creating low-cost consumer terminal equipment.

For LEO operators, the market is ready to be seized – by serving low-cost broadband and IoT connectivity to transform communication for millions of people and businesses across the globe.

AI and data analytics

Gathering data is easy; the real challenge is extracting key information from the data and using this to drive value-creating insights. Our skills in AI, data science, business analysis and system implementation will help you achieve this and transform your organisation with system enhancements.

Our approach is geared to accelerate operational improvements – from automation of network management to enhanced customer services, improving link efficiency or achieving automation for tasks such as predicative maintenance.

Secure systems

Connected systems are now enmeshed into our everyday lives and environments. It’s vital we uphold the highest safety and security standards – to protect your communication systems, data and users from outside threats.

We have expert security assessment and technology solution knowhow to ensure maximum resilience. Our vulnerability analysis defines system security requirements to directly mitigate risks, while our robust system design procedures ensure the latest digital security technologies are properly implemented.

We can help you achieve the seemingly impossible

How we work


Our multidisciplined team will support you at every turn, from systems engineering and R&D to verification and test. A passion for excellence characterises every project, whether you need to develop a next-generation LEO service or create a breakthrough in UAVs to redefine your market. Our proven product development process and vast experience in developing resilient systems suit the most ambitious safety-critical projects down to the ground.

Tech, tools & facilities


Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

AI infrastructure datalab
 

AI infrastructure

Our onsite compute infrastructure allows us to explore options, train and test models more rapidly and get better results.

 

We run petaflop-scale, containerised compute on site, with multiple NVIDIA DGX-1 Deep Learning Supercomputers and other GPU and FPGA-accelerated servers. This links to petabyte-scale local NetApp storage, project-specific cloud and our continuous integration systems.

Prototyping workshops
 

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Facility Continuous-integration software
 

Scalable software test facility

Continuous integration (CI) is central to building and delivering high-quality software. Our virtualised CI test facility enables us to test complex software at scale, with or without hardware in the loop, to identify problems earlier and fix them faster. It provides a clean, isolated virtual build environment, pre-loaded with industry-leading tools such as Coverity static analysis. CI testing is integrated with our version control, enabling every software revision to be automatically built, tested on real hardware and analysed.

News & insights


Press release

Cambridge Consultants building the world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

2nd Nov 2020

Cambridge Consultants working in collaboration with Stratospheric Platforms Ltd unveils a wireless antenna unlike anything seen before, delivering affordable 5G connectivity from a fleet of zero-emissions aircraft. 

Whitepaper

The future of AI is at the edge

17th Sep 2020

Driven by advances in silicon and machine learning algorithms, Edge AI is presenting vast opportunities for businesses across diverse markets. 

  • AI & Analytics
  • Audio & Video
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Signal processing
Press release

Flylogix and Cambridge Consultants to send drones beyond the horizon

16th Jul 2020

Flylogix will exploit Iridium’s state-of-the-art satellite communications to enable unmanned aerial vehicles to perform remote monitoring of offshore installations.

Webinar

How Will European Drone Regulation Impact UTM, U Space and Enterprise Fleet Management?

1st Apr 2021

We joined industry experts to discuss the evolution of European drone regulations, and what this means for operators across the continent looking to develop commercial drone programmes.

  • AI & Analytics
  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital security

Case studies


 

Wireless breakthrough for the Ocado Smart Platform

A world-first in radio design helps transform online grocery across the globe

 

The world’s largest commercial airborne antenna

Beaming 5G from the stratosphere

 

Iridium Extreme satellite phone

The first truly global ‘Push-To-Talk’ mobile communications system

 

Ofcom: review of developments in IoT

Independent analysis to inform future regulatory priorities and forecasts

Events


Event

MWC 2021

28th Jun 2021 - 1st Jul 2021
Fira Gran Via, Barcelona, Spain

Join us at MWC 2021, the largest mobile event in the world. We're bringing our team of experts from across high performance communications, service innovation and connected devices.

SpeakerSponsor

Connect (X) 2021

3rd Aug 2021 - 6th Aug 2021
Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Boston, MA

Connect (X) is North America’s largest conference and trade show for the Connectivity sector, uniting the industry to deliver infrastructure solutions for universal connectivity.