Press Release

L-3 Wins Contract to Provide Communications for International Space Station

By SpaceRef Editor
September 26, 2012
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L-3 Communications (LLL) announced today that it has been awarded a $24 million contract to deliver communications units for NASA’s Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles (C2V2) program.

The C2V2 program provides standardized communications between the International Space Station (ISS) and docking vehicles by using a standard data link for exchanging audio, video and telemetry data at varying data rates and communications ranges. This will consolidate communications functions on the station, save weight and space, and simplify logistics for coordinating the docking of visiting vehicles.

“With a 50-year heritage in space communications, our highly skilled team has the experience and the talent to deliver this important capability,” said Steve Kantor, president of the L-3 Electronic Systems Group. “We are very excited that our hardware will support both government and commercial vehicles in docking with the space station.”

The contract includes design and delivery of four S-Band flight units, along with associated flight equivalent units, spares, ground support equipment and compatibility test sets. The C2V2 program has an expected mission life of 13 years.

Work will be performed at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics located in Mason, Ohio, which provides advanced spacecraft and launch vehicle systems and avionics, as well as infrared imaging systems and sensors for DoD, NASA, Department of Homeland Security and related commercial businesses. L-3’s previous work on the International Space Station includes design and delivery of the ISS Communication and Tracking System (C&TS), and design and delivery of Triple Data Encryption Standard Units (TDUs).

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 employs approximately 51,000 people worldwide and is a prime contractor in C3ISR (Command, Control, Communications, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) systems, aircraft modernization and maintenance, and national security solutions. L-3 is also a leading provider of a broad range of electronic systems used on military and commercial platforms.

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