Telecom Satellite Mechanical Platform


This project is the first stage of the development of the mechanical platform for European telecommunications satellites in the 3 to 6 tonne range. The mechanical platform comprises the satellite structure, propulsion and thermal control system. The project will study and trade-off new architectures for the mechanical platform which better address the requirements of the communications payload and optimise the propulsive efficiency. The project is a collaborative venture between Astrium and a number of industrial and academic partners that is intended to encourage technological innovation and enhace the competitiveness of the UK supply chain.
This project forms part of the wider European development of the Next Generation Platform.

Lead Participant

Project Cost

Grant Offer

Airbus Defence And Space Limited, Stevenage £2,401,502 £ 1,066,987


Qioptiq Limited, DENBIGHSHIRE £37,777 £ 18,889
University of Surrey, United Kingdom £50,000 £ 50,000
Absl Power Solutions Ltd, ABINGDON £96,784 £ 48,392
University of Bath, Bath £137,088 £ 137,088
Nammo Westcott Ltd, AYLESBURY £99,860 £ 49,930
Thermacore Europe Limited, ASHINGTON £392,693 £ 235,616
TISICS Limited, Farnborough, United Kingdom £399,999 £ 200,000
QinetiQ Limited, Farnborough £360,000 £ 180,000


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