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UK to build communications technology on ISS

by AprilSix Proof

UK arm of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd will supply ISS with data relay terminal

The UK subsidiary of MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd (MDA) has been awarded the first phase of a contract to supply the International Space Station’s European module with its own data relay terminal. The deal is worth approximately €14 million and will be delivered by the end of 2016.

European astronauts on the ISS currently rely on NASA’s network to communicate with European ground stations. MDA’s Ka band infrastructure will provide a dedicated network which will offer higher bandwidth and enable faster transfer of data, ensuring that they will not be reliant on NASA’s technology.

Dr Chris Castelli, Acting Director of Programmes at the UKSA was quoted as saying:

“This contract to the UK is an excellent example of how our strategic investment in Europe’s space programme is securing major contracts for our space industry and bringing cutting edge UK-built technology to huge international endeavours such as the International Space Station.”

Read the full announcement here.