13th April 2018

Our story

It began with a photo.


Rafael Jordà Siquier, and several founding team members at Open Cosmos, shot the above image while students at university. The picture left a lasting impression and created an idea: to provide simple, affordable space missions.

Fast forward and Rafael’s vision began to take shape. First through education: by selling electronic boards to students and teaching them how to build satellites.

Then in July 2015, Open Cosmos was founded at the prestigious Entrepreneur First incubator programme. A short six months later, a resourceful, dedicated team (consisting of Mark, Bastian, Han, Aleix, Jordi,) delivered their first small satellite: qbee. Since the qb01 development, we’ve been approached by companies in telecoms, remote sensing applications, and larger organisations like the European Space Agency. And we’re just getting started!

Meet the team

You can find us in Harwell, Oxfordshire — home to space, science and health tech. We have our own clean room and testing facilities on site. Our growing team of 25+ consists of challenge-driven coders, engineers and business professionals ready to shake up the status quo. We’re also a culturally diverse group, making up 12 different nationalities!

Disrupting the space industry is hard work, but we still make time for team lunches and annual company retreats. Find us on Twitter to read up on the next amazing things we’re working on.

Watch this space as we continue to grow!