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New super-compressor from Vert Rotors to improve satellite performance

15 January 2018

Vert Rotors, the Scottish innovative compressor firm is manufacturing powerful micro compressors designed to improve satellite propulsion systems, as the company targets Scotland’s space industry.

Recently the UK Government has initiated the process for US space rockets to launch in the UK, bringing its goal of building a spaceport and launching rockets by 2020 ever closer.

Scotland has a particular strength in producing small satellites with Glasgow building more satellites than any other European city in the last few years. The space industry has created over 7,000 jobs and is worth £130m to the Scottish economy. The global market for launching satellites is estimated to be £25bn over the next 20 years.

Vert Rotors has developed ultra-light and high-pressure compressors for satellite propulsion systems and has signed contracts to enter this market. Vert’s low-vibration compressors produce 200 percent higher pressure and weigh only 11 percent in comparison to traditional screw compressors. The manufacturer has previously worked with the UK Ministry of Defence to develop a micro compressor suitable for satellites.

Founder and CEO of Vert Rotors Olly Dmitriev says:

“We are committed to turning Scotland’s space industry into a reality. There are now more commercial opportunities for smaller companies to help develop a Scottish spaceport and manufacture satellites and this is an important time for initial growth.

We have demonstrated that our technology is lighter and delivers 200 percent higher pressure than other compressors and this has supported our move into the space sector. We are based in Edinburgh, and we believe there is scope for more collaboration and opportunities for businesses on the east coast, to help build upon the success of the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications and businesses such as Clyde Space. We believe Scotland has the capacity and the skill set to manufacture technology necessary for further advancements in space and terrestrial applications.”

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