Satellite name Kelpie
Spacecraft type CubeSat
Units or mass 3U
Organisation AAC Clyde Space
Institution Company
Entity Commercial
Nation UK
Manufacturer AIVT by AAC Clyde Space
Operator AAC Clyde Space
Costs $5,900,000 for the manufacturing, launch and long-term operations of two CubeSats

Space-as-a-service model to build and operate spacecraft and sell AIS data exclusively to ORBCOMM.


Clyde Space will build and launch two AIS-enabled CubeSats, each hosting three dedicated AIS receivers, including a highly versatile Software Defined Radio (SDR)-based receiver. ORBCOMM has an exclusive license for the low-latency AIS data provided by Clyde Space. Space-as-a-service model in which Clyde Space owns and operates the satellites to deliver AIS data exclusively to ORBCOMM and its customers.


Suffered an anomaly of its payload antenna which did not deploy. Due to the malfunction the satellite will be unable to deliver the planned data services, and as such it is considered a total loss. The loss of the satellite has been reported to the company's insurer. 

Sources [1] [2] [3]
Photo sources [1] [2] [3] [4]
COTS subsystems
  • PLATFORM - Clyde Space
  • OBSW - Bright Ascension
Subsystems sources [1]
Keywords AIS, Space-As-A-Service

Related Spacecraft

Satellite Status Rocket Launch date Orbit
Kelpie 1 (AAC-AIS-SAT-1, Clyde Orbcomm) Operational (D-Orbit news from 2023-03-06 last checked 2023-04-15) Falcon 9, (Transporter-6), (D-Orbit ION), (ION SCV 007) 2023-01-03 515 km, 97.5 deg
Kelpie 2 (Clyde Orbcomm, AAC-AIS-SAT2) Semi-operational (Antenna failed to deploy thus not able to deliver the data services, but spacecraft itself likely operational, as per press release on 2023-11-22) Falcon 9, (Transporter-8), (D-Orbit ION) 2023-06-12 520 km, 97.5 deg

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