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EC selects Mynaric-led consortium for work on satcom constellation


(13 Dec 2021) The Mynaric-co-led consortium UN:IO has been selected by the European Commission for initial work on an independent European satellite network. The European Commission selected UN:IO and one other consortium [New Symphonie] to outline within the next six months a detailed technical concept for their respective proposed constellation architecture to establish Europe's future sovereign communications infrastructure in space.

The selection for the study follows a competitive tender that engaged around a dozen contesters.

Mynaric, together with rocket launch provider Isar Aerospace and satellite manufacturer Reflex Aerospace, form the inner circle of the UN:IO consortium that leads a group of currently around twenty involved European companies and organisations. Mynaric is the designated supplier of optical communications terminals for UN:IO's proposed satellite network of more than 400 satellites. The consortium comprises 14 companies in total, among them smallsat mission integrator NanoAvionics.

While the full constellation is expected to become operational by 2025, UN:IO plans to launch an initial satellite demonstrator as early as 2023 as part of which Mynaric will deploy its CONDOR Mk3 optical communications terminal. The mission is intended to showcase variable transmission speeds of up to 100 Gbps as well as space-to-air and space-to-ground links retiring technical risks associated with these product functionalities and demonstrating future capabilities needed by existing and prospective Mynaric customers planning to launch their own constellations.

Reference: Mynaric PR, NanoAvionics PR

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