Satellite of love for Astrium

Telecommunications company Astrium has been nominated to represent Stevenage in an initiative to highlight Britain’s manufacturing capabilities.

Made by Britain is a national scheme run by the Associate Parliamentary Manufacturing Group.

All 650 MPs have been asked to nominate a product which is manufactured in their constituency.

The objective is to draw up a diverse and comprehensive picture of contemporary British industry.

Stevenage MP Stephen McPartland has nominated Astrium for its digital processor – one of only two satellite processors capable of making over one trillion calculations per second.

It facilitates the mobile multimedia market, including online gaming on the move and smart transport infrastructure.

Mr McPartland said: “I am proud to nominate Astrium’s digital processor, which is an outstanding example of leading-edge technology being developed by Astrium here in Stevenage as part of their new generation of satellites.

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“Britain will benefit from this advance, not only from the new satellite services for the fast-growing mobile multimedia communications, but also through the massive export opportunity, as this technology has great potential to be applied in remote and developing countries.”

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