Airbus lands major deal to build components in UK for two European satellites

Airbus lands major deal to build components in UK for two European satellites

Airbus has landed a major deal to build components in the UK for two European satellites.

Sign of the times: The deal with Eutelsat will see Airbus' sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage produce key parts of the satellites

Sign of the times: The deal with Eutelsat will see Airbus’ sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage produce key parts of the satellites

The deal with Eutelsat, which the Mail understands is worth about £180m, will see Airbus’ sites in Portsmouth and Stevenage produce key parts of the satellites before they are shipped to France for assembly for a launch date in 2021.

It is also a sign of confidence in the UK’s space sector, which has faced uncertainty during Brexit negotiations about its future role in European projects.

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