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German Tesat delivers modules for Telesat’s Lightspeed

Paris, 23 March 2021. – The German equipment manufacturer Tesat will deliver over 1000 radiofrequency modules to the Canadian space system company MDA to be integrated in Telesat’s Lightspeed LEO constellation, the company said.

Tesat partners with MDA to develop the Direct Radiating Array (DRA), “a revolutionary phased array that will herald the future of satellite communications”, the company based in Backnang, Germany, said. MDA will deliver over 1000 units for which Tesat provides essential power components.

The modules are based on Tesat’s “longtime heritage and know-how in the development and production of space equipment, paired with its capability and experience in the high reliable and high-volume space module production”, the company said.

With around 1,000 employees, Tesat develops, manufactures and distributes systems and equipment for commercial and institutional space telecommunications programs. The product range spans from smallest space-specific components to modules, entire assemblies or payloads. Tesat sees itself as “the world’s only provider and technology leader of in-orbit-verified optical terminals for data transmission via laser (LCTs)”.

Telesat’s Lightspeed LEO fleet is going to be built by Thales Alenia Space.

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