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Oxfordshire-based Archangel Lightworks sets up shop in Florida

21 May 2021
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An Oxfordshire laser communications startup has established a US subsidiary.

Following on from winning Space Florida’s grand prize at the 2020 Florida Venture Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum and with continued support from Space Florida, Archangel Lightworks USA will be based in Florida, with offices in Orlando.

Frank DiBello, Space Florida President and CEO, said:“Space Florida is pleased to welcome Archangel Lightworks to Florida.

"Archangel’s establishment of its first U.S. subsidiary in Orange County, is a testament to the State’s thriving capital ecosystem and rapidly expanding aerospace industry. We congratulate the company on its recent achievements, which includes earning the top spot at the Space Florida sponsored 2020 Aerospace Innovation and Tech Forum last year, and look forward to future success.”

The establishment of Archangel Lightworks USA will be supported by the University of Central Florida and its Incubation Soft-Landing Program

Carol Ann Logue, Director of Programs & Operations for the University of Central Florida’s Innovation Districts and Business Incubation Program, said: “We are very excited that Archangel Lightworks has decided to stand up their US operations in Orlando and to partner with the UCF and the Business Incubation Program through our Soft-Landing Program.  They represent exactly the type of company we look for.... a talented team with leading edge innovation in a rapidly growing market and a commitment to anchoring their growth in Central Florida."

CEO of Archangel Lightworks, Richard Johanson, added: “The establishment of Archangel Lightworks USA is a fantastic step for the company and has been the result of hard work by many. We have gratefully received significant support from our partners in the region and look forward to growing our team and our presence in Florida!”

Archangel Lightworks has developed a new generation of space-air laser communication terminals and technologies to help solve the world's persistent challenges. It is working to close the gap between space operations and air operations and allow hybrid systems to operate at greater efficiency and efficacy. Being able to elevate the terminals above the cloud is a key enabler for industry uptake of laser communication. The best place to use laser communications is where the cloud isn't.


Nicky Godding is editor of The Business Magazine. Before her journalism career, she worked mainly in public relations moving into writing when she was invited to launch Retail Watch, a publication covering retail and real estate across Europe.

After some years of constant travelling, she tucked away her passport and concentrated on business writing, co-founding a successful regional business magazine. She has interviewed some of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs who have built multi-million-pound businesses and reported on many science and technology firsts.

She reports on the region’s thriving business economy from start-ups, family businesses and multi-million-pound corporations, to the professionals that support their growth and the institutions that educate the next generation of business leaders.

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