BACKER UPDATE: AmbaSat-1 progress update (email follow-up)

BACKER UPDATE: AmbaSat-1 progress update (email follow-up)

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Dear all,

This is a follow-up to the recent AmbaSat email you should (hopefully) have received.

First, we just wanted to say thank you to everyone for the prompt response regarding the sensor orders. We are beginning to process these now. For those who have emailed with questions, we are working through these and will respond shortly. As mentioned in the recent email, much of the world is currently in lockdown and this also includes our production facilities, although we are able to assemble and ship a small number of satellite kits.

As with many businesses, we are facing some production and logistics issues at the moment, mostly related to parts supply and transportation. Medical production and supply chains are being prioritised at the moment and so we are experiencing some delays in getting parts and also in delivering orders. Right now, every business is experiencing the same issues, both with supply and delivery.

If you haven’t yet received the status email from us about the sensor order or your particular sensor ‘type’, please check your spam folder. The emails were sent out over last weekend to all backers.

General News:

You can keep up-to-date with general AmbaSat news through the AmbaSat blog, located at:
https://ambasat.com/blog/

Three recent blog posts as follows:

1 – AmbaSat Awarded EU Grant FUNDING

We’re very pleased to announce that AmbaSat’s application for European Union Grant FUNDING was successful. Thanks to this funding, we are able to build upon the AmbaSat product range, purchase manufacturing equipment and also employ additional staff. More news and a press release to follow.

2 – Interorbital Systems Meeting
Last week, AmbaSat Ltd co-founder Martin Platt and Interorbital Systems (IOS) CEO Randa Milliron took part in an online meeting to review progress and discuss next steps related to the AmbaSat-1 Satellite rocket launch. AmbaSat-1 is scheduled to launch onboard Interorbital Systems’ NEPTUNE rocket later this year.

Martin reported that satellite kit distribution is going well although there are some staffing, supply and transportation issues due to the ongoing covid-19 situation. Randa reported that the IOS team is still fully operational and making great progress towards the next rocket engine test which is expected to happen in about 30-40 days.

Interorbital Systems AmbaSat-1 Launch Manifest
https://www.interorbital.com/Launch%20Manifest

3 – AmbaSat-1 Satellite Assembly Update – Mowden
A big shoutout to everyone at MOWDEN Controls. They are the people behind the ASSEMBLED version of the AmbaSat-1 Satellite. Over the past few weeks they have diverted their resources to the fight against COVID-19 and were tasked with designing and building ventilators for the National Health Service (NHS) here in the UK. Thank you all for your very hard work and dedication to such a worthwhile cause.

This noble effort has unfortunately pushed back the schedule for fitting in the AmbaSat-1 assembly process but, having spoken with the guys at Mowden, their estimate is now completion of the assembled AmbaSat-1 boards by the end of May. And, we are hoping a little sooner than that.

Well done again to everyone at Mowden for helping with the fight against this terrible virus.

Thank you as always for your support. This journey would not be possible without you.

The AmbaSat Team.