Raytheon has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the UK Ministry of Defence to join 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”.
Air Vice-Marshal Rocky Rochelle, the Royal Air Force’s chief of staff for capability, said: “In large part, because of US efforts to raise the profile of military space, allies are working hard to ‘close the space gap’.
) many decades of experience in developing space systems will be a significant boost to the MoD’s space plans and their commitment to launch a small satellite demonstrator within a year with Team Artemis Industry.”
Dave Wajsgras — president of Raytheon Intelligence, Information and Services — said: “Raytheon provides advanced satellite-based mission planning and data-processing capabilities to governments around the world.
“The collaboration between Raytheon and the UK armed forces will deliver new capabilities that directly benefit this important alliance.”
Raytheon UK, which has facilities in Broughton, Waddington, Glenrothes, Harlow, Gloucester and Manchester, employs 1,700 people and supports 8,000 jobs.
Raytheon Co, which had 2018 sales of $27 billion and 67,000 employees, is a ‘technology and innovation leader’ specialising in defence, civil government and cyber-security solutions.
It has its headquarters in Waltham, Massachusetts.