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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
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
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