In-Orbit Demonstration Programme Missions 1, 2, 3 and 4

The In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) Programme offers you a low-cost opportunity to test your service or technology on a CubeSat mission launched from the International Space Station (ISS).

IOD will help you accelerate to ‘proof of concept’ stage by providing an affordable in-orbit testbed and a range of operational and business support services to exploit the commercial potential of the mission. Innovate UK’s £1.5 million IOD investment will give you flight-heritage on one of four missions.

We are offering:

  • a CubeSat platform from Clyde Space including assembly, integration and testing
  • a launch opportunity with NanoRacks from the ISS*

Who can apply?

IOD is open to any company or consortium who can clearly demonstrate the commercial potential of a service and a route to market.

The programme is looking for commercial services and technologies in areas such as:

  • climate applications
  • agriculture and maritime
  • environmental monitoring
  • internet of things
  • location-based services
  • communications applications
  • logistics and fleet management
  • smart cities

Support for your mission

We can help you:

  • Build your business case and define your mission
  • Find a technology or service partner
  • Deliver mission operations
  • Access data processing facilities to test service prototypes
  • Develop the commercial potential of the service or technology

How do I take part?

  • IOD is open now.
  • The four missions have flexible dates with the aim to launch the first mission early 2018.

New templates have been developed, please contact iod@sa.catapult.org.uk and the team will send them to you and provide more detailed information

More information:

If you have any questions regarding the IOD programme you can contact the team at iod@sa.catapult.org.uk


The IOD programme is run by the Satellite Applications Catapult as a collaborative research initiative. Each successful applicant will need to contribute according to the scope and scale of the mission. Support is available to help identify potential sources of funding.

*the launch with NanoRacks from the ISS is via its Space Act Agreement with NASA’s US National Lab.

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