The German spacecraft manufacturer OHB System has been awarded a €816 million ($1.1 million) contract to build three satellites for the German government. The contract was signed on 2 July between OHB AG and the Federal Office of Equipment, Information Technology and In-Service Support of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) for the development and integration of the SARah satellite-based radar reconnaissance system.
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Astrium has been awarded a contract by the Russian Satellite Communications Company (RSCC) to build the Express-AMU1/Eutelsat 36C satellite. The Eurostar E3000 bus spacecraft will be placed into orbit by the Russian launcher Proton in 2015 and will be operated over 36 degrees East.The Express-AMU1/Eutelsat 36C will have 70 transponders to provide broadcast services in the European part of the Russian Federation in Ku and Ka bands and for broadcast markets developed by Eutelsat in sub-Saharan Africa. The multibeam Ka-band antennas feature a highly innovative array fed reflector antenna technology developed by Astrium. Express-AMU1/Eutelsat 36C will have a launch mass of 5,700 kg and a spacecraft power in excess of 15 kW. Its design lifetime is 15 years in orbit.
While the European space firm Astrium’s communications satellite services division continues to build on its revenues, so far its Earth observation and radar imagery business has not quite delivered the revenues it expected. But Astrium continues to sense “gold in them there fields” when in comes to radar and optical Earth observation but now realises that to progress further it has to have some strategic partnerships.
Some years ago, satellite and launch vehicle maker Astrium made the correct analysis that its satellite services clients were making more revenues and profits than they were. Apart its decision to get involved in providing military communicaitons on a commercial basis via its Paradigm operation (now part of Astrium Services) its decision to buy the communicaions and service provider Vizada has further benefited its revenues and profits. In late January Astrium reported that it was due to its 2011 acquisition of Vizada that its revenues risen rapidly with a16.9% increase in revenue for 2012 to €5.8 billion ($7.8 billion) compared to the previous year.
While the latest James Bond adventure Skyfall (Director: Sam Mendes) does use a lot of ‘Big Brother’ surveillance technology to make us fret about the future (GPS tracking, Automatic Number Plate Recognition (ANPR) cameras, networked CCTV cameras with facial recognition) it does not make special use of space technology in its plot. We can be grateful for that. At least it will avoid “errors” that past Bond films have made with respect to space technology.
The UK Government, via the UK Space Agency and the Technology Strategy Board, is to grant nearly £6 million to four projects as part of the National Space Technology Programme (NSTP). The funding is to be awarded to projects run by Astrium Ltd, Avanti Communications Ltd, DMC International Imaging Ltd and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd.
EADS Astrium has announced that ATV-2 Johannes Kepler is undergoing flightworthiness and functionality tests. Its press release says
Not the famous astronomer but the European Union flagship project that will deliver space based navigation services, at some point in the future at some unknown price tag and those facts are official
So 2010 begins with delays for two high profile projects on either side of the Atlantic ocean. NASA’s Commercial Crew Development inititiave still has no announcement about the awarding of its $50 million and the European Union’s much delayed satellite navigation system, Galileo still has no space segment contract
While Space News talks of Germany’s OHB Systems winning eight of 22 spacecraft to be ordered Hyperbola can understand why Astrium, with all the built in costs such a large company has to address, might not be too happy at any outcome starting with the recuction in spacecraft from 28 to 22
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