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 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

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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