What space technology do we have in BAE Systems?
What makes space such an exciting job?
We’ve also been involved in landing spacecraft on several planets and a comet. Nasa’s recent Mars Rover has BAE Systems equipment both on the vehicle itself (radiation hardened electronics supplied by BAE Systems Inc) and at the station receiving the signals on earth (Goonhilly in Cornwall, which uses our SDRs). We’ve also helped land craft on Venus, Mercury, and the Rosetta comet while it was 800 million kms from earth.
There’s lots going on around the business and with the help of the CTO, we’re now starting to pull together all our capability to create new projects. There has never been a more exciting time to be involved in space at BAE Systems.
Why is space so important to defence?
It’s really important for defence to maintain a space capability, as without it you're effectively blind. Either you rely on someone else or you go without, which would put you at a huge disadvantage. At least one company in the UK is also looking at rapid launch capabilities, which would allow you to launch a satellites at very short notice to provide rapid coverage when required.