COM DEV Europe Launches New TT&C Transponder into Production

AYLESBURY, UK, Feb. 25, 2013 /CNW/ - Following a three-year development programme and the supply of several flight units, COM DEV Europe, of Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, UK, has now secured its first full-scale production contract for its new TT&C transponder. The Authority to Proceed (ATP) is in excess of CDN$1 million and allows COM DEV Europe to start long lead item procurement. The final contract will be agreed in the coming months.

TT&C transponders are the vital link from the spacecraft to ground through which all of the commands to the spacecraft are received from ground stations and the health status reports sent back to Earth.  Such transponders are therefore critical to the success of the mission and have to be designed to survive the rigours of space and perform reliably for up to seven years in orbit.

COM DEV Europe has designed and qualified a very light, compact and efficient unit by using the latest Gallium Nitride (GaN) power amplifier technology and advanced digital data processing techniques to minimise power consumption. The design also allows the unit to be easily reconfigured by using FPGA technology.

The development was part-funded through the European Space Agency ARTES programme, with support from the UK's Technology Strategy Board.  The support that is given to UK companies enables them to invest in leading-edge product developments with large potential exports benefits.

COM DEV Europe's new TT&C transponder has attracted interest from around the world and it has been selected for a major programme involving initially 14 TT&C units with the potential for an additional 12 units to be ordered in 2013 or 2014.  The equipment will be built in COM DEV Europe's facility in Aylesbury and the first batch of deliveries will be completed within 16 months.

COM DEV Europe's President, Rob Spurrett, said: "This new order is a really important milestone for this product.  It enables us to move into full-scale production and establishes our product as the preferred choice for a leading spacecraft supplier.  It has been a long journey, and the support of ESA and TSB has been extremely important."

About COM DEV Europe

COM DEV Europe (CDE) is subsidiary of COM DEV International, a leading global designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. Founded in 1985 and based in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, CDE supplies complex equipment, technology solutions and subsystems for space applications with equipment supplied on over 85 space programmes. Its customer base includes all the major space satellite providers as well as government institutions.

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially different from forward-looking statements made by the Company. The view expressed herein can in no way be taken to reflect the official opinion of the European Space Agency. The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved. 

SOURCE: Com Dev International Ltd.

For further information:

Rob Goldsmith
Business Development Director
COM DEV Europe
Tel:  +44 1296 616420
+44 1296 616420

Gary Calhoun
Chief Financial Officer
COM DEV International
Tel:  +1 519-622-2300
ext. 2826

Craig MacPhail
TMX Equicom
Tel: +1 416-815-0700
ext. 290

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