Roke Secures MoD CubeSat Research Contract
Mar 27, 2012 (Close-Up Media via COMTEX) --
Roke Manor Research Ltd announced that its Gioconda industry consortium has been awarded a contract to deliver an element of the UK MoD's Defense Science and Technology Laboratory's 'Smallsat' CubeSat Research Program.
According to a release, a CubeSat is a type of miniaturized satellite, currently destined for space research that usually has a volume of exactly one litre (10cm cube), a mass of little more than one kilogram and typically uses commercial off-the-shelf electronic components. CubeSats are a disruptive technology that offer the potential for rapid, low cost, short duration deployment of sensing and communications capability in Low Earth Orbit.
For this research program, Gioconda comprises Roke (a Chemring Group company) as prime, Scisys Ltd, and Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. It will deliver engineering and flight-ready models (mechanically, electrically, electronically and functionally representative), software and electrical ground support equipment (EGSE) for an experimental RF payload suitable for subsequent deployment in space within a CubeSat.
Roke, based in Romsey, Hampshire, is the principal electronics research and development centre of Chemring Group Plc. Roke is a supplier of solutions and contract R&D, developments in electronic sensors, networks and communications technology.
Chemring is a manufacturing business with facilities in eight countries selling high technology electronics and energetic products to over eighty countries worldwide. The Company has a portfolio of products protecting military people and platforms against a constantly changing threat.
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