DLR to build ground segment for Data Relay Satellites |
27 June 2012
The German Aerospace Center, DLR, will build and operate the ground segment of the European Data Relay System (EDRS) under a contract with EDRS prime contractor Astrium Services, DLR and Astrium announced June 25.
DLR has subcontracted part of the work on the three EDRS ground facilities to SES TechCom of Luxembourg, SES and DLR announced.
In a reversal of the usual direction of money flows in government space programs, Astrium Services has hired DLR, a government agency, to take charge of three EDRS ground facilities - the main control and data-reception centers in Harwell, England, and Weilheim, Germany, and a backup facility in Redu, Belgium. The contract is valued at 65 million euros ($84.5 million) through 2030, assuming a 15-year life of the EDRS payloads in orbit.
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Source: Space News