In-Orbit Demonstration Programme

The In-Orbit Demonstration (IOD) programme offers a fast, low-cost space testbed for you to trial your business service on a CubeSat launched from the International Space Station (ISS).

IOD is open to any company that can demonstrate a clear return on investment for a mission and a route to market for your service.

You don’t have to be a space company to apply. The IOD programme is looking for commercial services and technologies in areas such as, but not limited to, maritime surveillance, climate applications, agriculture, communications applications, environmental monitoring, Galileo PRS, transport, smart cities, entertainment and location-based services.

Created by Innovate UK and managed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, the combined investment and support available to each successful applicant aims to make in-space demonstration affordable.

As part of the collaboration we are offering:

  • a Clyde Space CubeSat platform
  • a launch by NanoRacks from the ISS

Participants can access support at any point on the mission journey including help to:

  • Build your business case and help define your mission
  • Find a technology partner to deliver your payload
  • Identify a service that your technology can address, and connect with potential customers
  • Deliver mission operations post launch
  • Access data processing facilities post launch to test a prototype service using the mission data


The IOD programme is run as a collaborative research initiative and takes advantage of the UK’s existing proven in-orbit demonstration capability (UKube-1 and TDS-1).  IOD offers four low-cost 3U CubeSat missions with the goal to launch the first mission within the next 18 months.

New partners enable IOD to deliver a flight-proven CubeSat platform with Clyde Space and frequent launch opportunities from the International Space Station (ISS) provided by NanoRacks, via its Space Act Agreement with Nasa’s U.S. National Lab.

Come and talk to us

If you have an idea for a mission, we would like to hear from you.

The team will be hosting one of the ‘Expert Clinics’ on IOD at our monthly Catapult Satuccino event, where you can have an informal discussion about your idea and any support you might need to access.

The next workshop where you can learn more about IOD is:

We can also tell you about the range of in-space testing opportunities currently available and put you in touch with contacts from across our space network who offer these services. We want to help you find the right vehicle to suit your needs.

Please get in touch with the IOD team to discuss your idea either by emailing us at or calling the team on 01235 567999.

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