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Space Communications

QinetiQ’s capability in complex communications and information infrastructure has played a key part in supporting Mars exploration since 2003. ESA’s Mars Express carried MELACOM, a QinetiQ transceiver, which monitored NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) through entry, descent and landing, send

Space Equipment Supplier

​We develop robust technological solutions to the many challenges presented by operating sophisticated mission systems in space. These include: Refining the use of laser technology to control satellites in very accurate formation flying constellations, vital for producing larger antennas for de

Space Exploration Technology

​QinetiQ Space has developed a number of key technologies for future Mars missions and exploration programmes: QinetiQ Space is the prime contractor for the development of the International Berthing and Docking Mechanism (IBDM), the European androgynous low impact docking mechanism that is capa

Space Ground Segment Services and Operations

​QinetiQ, in partnership with SES, founded Redu Space Services in Belgium for the tailoring of Satellite Communication Solutions and the Operation and Maintenance of the related Antenna and Communication Systems. Principally, RSS provides satellite communication services to the European Space A

Spacecraft Electric Propulsion

​Once a spacecraft is in orbit, electric ion thrusters allow manoeuvres to be performed using much lower quantities of propellant than conventional liquid propulsion. QinetiQ’s gridded ion engine electric propulsion systems extend spacecraft life, enhance payload capability, provide greater operatio

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