Danish nanosatellite manufacturer, GomSpace signed a contract to develop and deliver a military communications satellite to the Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI), on June 10.
The contract is worth 19 MSEK.
The nanosatellite will demonstrate military tactical communications on the ultra high frequency (UHF) band from a polar Low Earth Orbit (LEO). The primary mission objective is to demonstrate the military use and relevance of an Arctic satellite relay for tactical communication radios.
“We are thrilled to engage in this project with FFI that will use the full range of GomSpace capabilities – not only deliver the platform but also be deeply involved in the payload development, the launch and early operations and we will be supporting the mission operations” says Niels Buus, CEO of GomSpace.
Another objective is to demonstrate that such a capability can be made operational in within 2 years from project start and less than 18 months after signing this contract. Launch is planned to October 2021.
“To carry out this project on the fast track is an important goal of the project, with the long-term objective to establish an operational system that can provide this kind of SATCOM capability in the Arctic region” says Lars Erling Bråten, Principal Scientist at FFI.
The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt – FFI) is a civil research institution directly under the Norwegian Ministry of Defence. The undertaking has more than 700 employees, of whom approximately 500 are researchers and engineers who develop technology and knowledge to enable Norway to have a modern and efficient defence.