Alba Orbital

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Alba Orbital
Limited company
Industry Satellite Manufacture
Founded 5 October 2012
Headquarters ,
United Kingdom
Area served
Key people
Tom Walkinshaw
Products Pocketqube Platforms and Components
Number of employees

Alba Orbital, is a British company building PocketQube satellites. Alba Orbital is the developer and manufacturer of the Unicorn-1 and Unicorn-2 satellite platforms. Alba Orbital was named in 2015 by CNN as one of the top 10 startups to watch.[1]. Alba Orbital was founded in 2012 following on from a successful Kickstarter campaign.

The company holds contracts with the European Space Agency. [2]


Alba Orbital build, design spacecraft and provide consultancy for those building small satellites. Its Unicorn-1 platform is about the size of a can of Irn-Bru, while its slightly larger Unicorn-2 platform is about the size of a bottle of the same.

See also

  • PocketQube – The satellite format Alba Orbital specialize in building


  1. ^ CNN, Kieron Monks, for. "Going Global in 2015: 10 start-ups to watch". CNN. Retrieved 2016-06-16.
  2. ^ ESA. "ESA ARTES Contractors".

External links

  • Company website
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