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The British Ministry of Defence has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Raytheon, so that the company joins Team ARTEMIS Industry, a collaboration between government and industry formed to fast track the launch of a small satellite constellation and enhance the UK’s sovereign space capability. UK MoD has made a commitment to launch a small satellite demonstrator within a year with Team ARTEMIS Industry.

“In large part because of U.S. efforts to raise the profile of military space, allies are working hard to close the space gap,” said Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle, Royal Air Force chief of staff for capability. Raytheon and the UK MoD have previously partnered on several defence projects, including tactical airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance solutions used by the armed forces.

“Raytheon provides advanced satellite-based mission planning and data processing capabilities to governments around the world,” said Dave Wajsgras, president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services. “The collaboration between Raytheon and the UK Armed Forces will deliver new capabilities that directly benefit this important alliance.”

Dorothee Frank