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Space technology boosts the Hampshire’s economy


A leading Hampshire based aeronautics and space company has landed a multimillion-pound contract to build the next generation telecommunication satellites that will bring hundreds of highly skilled jobs to Portsmouth.

Airbus, who have facilities in Portsmouth and Farnborough, have been awarded the contract by Eutelsat Communications. The Portsmouth facility will build the entire communications payload, platform structure, propulsion subsystem, antennas and various mechanisms for the satellites.

Hampshire Airbus are the largest space company in Europe, employing more than 3,000 engineers in the UK and an integral part of the £13.7 billion UK space sector.