Startup Providing Drone-based Antenna Testing Solutions Secures £700,000 Seed Funding

Drone-based antenna testing company, QuadSAT, has closed a £700,000 seed round, led by Danish Growth Fund, Vaekstfonden, UK's Seraphim Capital and existing investors. The investment will enable QuadSAT to bring its innovative drone platform to the satellite communications industry, initially focusing on maritime and aeronautical applications.

Combining the latest drone technology with a simulated satellite payload and mathematical algorithms, QuadSAT simplifies the requirements for satellite antenna testing, qualification and calibration. In addition, use of QuadSAT’s products reduces vessels and aircraft downtime for such testing procedures, significantly reducing operational expenses.

As well as satellite antenna qualification and calibration, QuadSAT can also be used to identify interference to satellite transmissions with pinpoint accuracy, which is vital to minimize inadvertent or other rogue interference. QuadSAT’s customers include the some of the world’s leading satellite operators, satellite antenna manufacturers, VSAT network operators’ maintenance teams and antenna testing facilities.

Founded in March 2017 and having recently set up an office in Harwell, UK, QuadSAT is an innovative startup company based at Odense Robotics Start-Up Hub, a Danish accelerator programme for robotics and drone startups, which provides premises and expert assistance. The company has developed brand new tools and techniques for testing and calibrating satellite antennas being deployed in high-value maritime and aeronautical markets.

QuadSAT was one of six companies to take part in Mission 1 of Seraphim Space Camp. Seraphim Space Camp is UK’s first accelerator for space-tech start-ups backed by Seraphim Capital, the world’s first venture capital fund dedicated to SpaceTech. The programme aims to get Seed and Pre-Series A, space-tech companies ‘investment ready’ and to facilitate unique corporate relationships with some of the leading space corporates and agencies.

Rob Desborough, Seraphim Capital Portfolio Director and Director of Seraphim Space Camp, is excited to be partnering with the QuadSAT team. According to him, the team is incredibly well received by Seraphim’s corporate partners whilst on the Space Camp Accelerator and they are the first movers in a billion-dollar global market. With stringent industry standards in place, Rob believes QuadSAT is solving a real challenge for its customers and will provide enormous benefit to the industry.