Northrop Grumman has opened a new microelectronics micro-line facility to provide materials for next-generation systems.
Airbus begins Skynet 6A production
Production of the first aluminium panel skin for the Skynet 6A military communications satellite began on 11 October at the Airbus facility in Stevenage, in a ceremony attended by Jeremy Quin, UK minister for defence procurement.
Secure military SATCOM is ‘vital for our ability to conduct operations on a global scale’, said Quin.
‘Seeing the first hardware for the next-generation Skynet 6A satellite shows we are on track for launch in 2025 and ready to upgrade and enhance the UK’s global military communications network.’
The design of the 6t satellite is based on the Airbus Eurostar Neo telecommunications spacecraft.
Richard Franklin, MD of Airbus Defence and Space, noted that the company is looking at ‘future export opportunities which will benefit the wider space ecosystem’, while it is also ‘actively engaged with bringing on board a wider spread of UK SMEs to deliver this essential sovereign capability’.
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