History

The idea was simple!

If satellites were made sufficiently small and light (nano-satellites weigh 10 kg or less), they could be launched quickly and at low cost by converted fighter jets. Lars Stenmark, Adjunct Professor of Microsystems Technology at Uppsala University, had been involved in space projects for many years. In 1996, he started a research group at Uppsala University that in 2000 became a center dedicated to developing microsatellites, Ångström Space Technology Centre (ÅSTC).

Within a few years, he had attracted a new generation of researchers. Financial support came from Uppsala University, the European Space Agency and the Swedish National Space Board. After almost 10 years, the group had a sufficiently strong process bank to begin commercializing their knowhow. In 2005, ÅAC Microtec was established as a spin-off from ÅSTC (Uppsala University).

Orders from space agencies and aero groups began to come in. From the beginning, we understood that innovation was not enough. Equally important is the ability to do business, and to build a business with the right competence and capacity.

2015

ÅAC Microtec and OHB Sweden was appointed by the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB) to deliver a highly capable small satellite platform, named InnoSat, and to accomplish the advanced scientific mission named MATS (Mesospheric Airglow/Aerosol Tomography and Spectroscopy).

ÅAC Microtec and Spacemetric partnered on smart downlinking of Earth observation data. The new Bluestone technology will optimize the downlink of imagery from satellites to ground stations addressing the problem of handling the ever increasing volumes of data generated in space.

Together with Airbus, DLR (prime), and Politecnico di Torino we get EU/H2020 funding for developing a system that should increase the monitoring performance of the Ariane launch vehicle. The project Massively extended Modular Monitoring for Upper Stages (MaMMoTH-Up) will improve the amount of monitored data by a factor of more than 2500.

The three ESA projects AIM (Asteroid Intercept Mission) COPINS, Prototyping of Space Protocol for SPI, and Cold temperature PCB technology are started.

2014

The Swedish state funded venture capital company Fouriertransform invests SEK 25 Million in ÅAC Microtec AB. 

AAC Microtec North America is part of the consortium, which is led by Wyle, that wins NASA’s Fully Integrated Lifecycle Mission Support Services (FILMSS) contract worth $270 Million over five years.

The three satellites RISING-2 (50 kg), DX-1 (30 kg) and RACE (3U) was launched with ÅAC avionics aboard.

2013

ÅAC Microtec relocated to our new facility with better capabilities for supplying state of the art products and systems.

The TechEdSat satellite deorbited after a successful mission, where our fault-tolerant algorithms  were proven.

The Swedish King and Turkish President visited us along with ministers and ambassadors. 

2012

TechEdSat-1 satellite was built and launched with NASA Ames. Deployed on Oct 4 from the International Space Station (ISS).

New program agreement signed with NASA Ames for TechEdSat-2, a 6U satellite, with a total project value of $6 Million.

2011

AAC Microtec North America, Inc., our US subsidiary, is established at NASA Ames Research Park.

2010

ÅAC Microtec leads ESA project to investigate a standardized European microsystems interface for nanosatellite systems.

2009

RISING-1 satellite (SPRITE-SAT) was launched on Jan 23, with microelectronics from ÅAC Microtec.

Engaged in a bilateral development program between the Swedish government and US DoD to develop components and satellite structures based on a new modular low cost standard for small satellites named SPA (space plug-and-play avionics).

2008

The patented XiVIA™ is presented for the market. It is a robust through silicon via (TSV) technology.

2007

Honored with the award ”Spin-off company of the year 2006” given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences.

2006

The Swedish National Space Board placed a contract on ÅAC Microtec to do a joint development of miniaturized mass memory  & IMU contract.

2005

ÅAC Microtec  is spun-off from Uppsala University.