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Filtronic launches into the future, securing a strategic partnership with SpaceX for Starlink constellation

Filtronic launches into the future, securing a strategic partnership with SpaceX for Starlink constellation
Filtronic has been at the forefront of RF technologies for 45 years. The company has developed a reputation for innovation, quality and technical knowledge and now specialises in mission critical communications for aerospace and defence, telecommunications infrastructure, space and critical communications.

Filtronic has signed a strategic partnership and commercial agreement with SpaceX, a market leader in the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) market.

 

The strategic partnership includes the ongoing supply of Filtronic's cutting-edge E-band Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs), alongside collaborative efforts in developing and delivering comparable products across multiple frequency bands core to SpaceX's Starlink platform.

 

The strategic partnership was signed with an initial order of $19.7m (£15.8m) to supply E-band SSPA modules, scheduled for delivery in FY2025, with further order flow expected to continue thereafter to support the ongoing deployment of SpaceX’s Starlink constellation, which provides high-speed, low-latency internet to users all around the world.

As part of the partnership, SpaceX has committed to ongoing orders for the next five years to ensure Filtronic remains a key part of its supply chain.

 

Richard Gibbs, Chief Executive Officer of Filtronic commented, "We are delighted to enter into this important strategic agreement with SpaceX, a market leader in LEO satellite constellations. This ongoing SpaceX partnership underlines our core value proposition of high-performance mmWave and operational excellence. It also provides Filtronic with the opportunity to scale manufacturing, build capability and execute our technology roadmap. The team at Filtronic are excited to develop our existing relationship with SpaceX and secure the ongoing supply of E-band SSPAs. We also look forward to collaborating with the SpaceX engineering team to develop new products for use in the Starlink system.”

 

Mike Nicolls, SpaceX’s Vice President of Starlink Engineering commented, “Filtronic has been an outstanding supplier for Starlink. They have matched our rate ramp and increasing demand for high-quality parts. Their strong engineering teams have taken ownership of their production process to meet our needs, taking their designs from wafer to functional unit, and are delivering quality parts in E-band which will enable the Starlink network to continue to grow and connect millions of more people around the world with high-speed, low-latency broadband internet.”

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