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Space Florida & Florida Venture Forum award grand prize to Archangel Lightworks

Updated: Jun 30, 2020

Exploration Park, Miami and Tampa, Fla. (June 5, 2020) - Archangel Lightworks are delighted to share that we have been selected as the grand prize winner in the 2020 Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum in Florida.

Archangel Lightworks is a UK-based laser communications start-up with international ambitions to improve data and communications infrastructure for the aerospace sector.

The award comes just days after the historic launch of SpaceX’s Crew Dragon from Florida, showcasing the strength of Florida’s aerospace ecosystem to the World and highlighting the prestige of winning such an award.

The candidate companies were whittled down to a final 20, who presented to a distinguished panel of judges made up of aerospace leaders and investors over the course of two weeks. The awards were announced by Mr Frank DiBello, President & Chief Executive Officer at Space Florida, with Archangel Lightworks receiving the Grand Prize and runners up awards going to Agriculture Intelligence, Inc., Gainesville, Florida and Vital Vio, New York.

Mr Dan Sola, CEO of Archangel Lightworks, said: “I’m thrilled and humbled on behalf of the team to be selected from such a strong field of ground-breaking companies, especially so soon after the recent successful launch from Florida. Archangel Lightworks have been working on US expansion plans for our laser communication products and services. This award, contacts and associated prestige will support us in building strong connections in Florida, and Space Florida are already proving to be excellent partners.”

Frank DiBello, President and CEO of Space Florida, said: “Congratulations to the winners of our first ever Aerospace Innovation & Tech Forum webinar series. We were pleased to partner with the Florida Venture Forum on this unique opportunity that was able to promote the capital acceleration ecosystem and aerospace industry, even with the challenges that social distancing measures have presented during this unprecedented time. Space Florida applauds each of the presenting companies and Florida Venture Forum on a successful virtual event.”

“This was an extremely tough competition due to the overall outstanding quality of our selected companies,” said Kevin Burgoyne, President and CEO of the Florida Venture Forum. “Congratulations to the winners, and to all of our presenters, on what was truly an inspiring competition that bodes very well for the aerospace and technology industries in Florida. They join a growing list of cutting-edge companies the Forum has helped propel forward and upward. We are extremely grateful to our partners at Space Florida for their continuing support and leadership in this effort.”


About Archangel Lightworks:

Archangel Lightworks is a space start-up based on the Harwell Campus in Oxfordshire with a mission to 100x the data downloadable from space. The company was established in 2017 and builds products and services deploying laser (optical) communications for the aerospace sector. These products and services include space terminals that can be mounted on satellites, air terminals that are mounted on drones or other aircraft and ground communications terminals. Using its proprietary laser technology, Archangel Lightworks integrates space, air and ground assets into hybrid architectures designed to accelerate the development of major aerospace market segments.

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