A subsidiary of Melville-based Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has been awarded a contract valued at up to $200 million from the Air Force Research Laboratory for the development of standardized satellite technologies for space missions.
The five-year award received by Comtech AeroAstro Inc., based in Ashburn, Va., includes an initial order valued at $500,000. Additional orders are not expected until fiscal 2011.
Fred Kornberg, Comtech’s president and chief executive, said, “Plug and play technologies are changing the paradigm for space mission development.” The contract supports the company’s ongoing work to make it possible for satellites and other systems to be assembled and launched more quickly, he said.
In a separate announcement Wednesday morning, Comtech said another subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology Inc., based in Santa Clara, Calif., received orders valued at $1.8 million for power amplifiers.
The amplifiers will be used in transportable flyaway satellite terminals used by U.S. soldiers stationed overseas in remote areas.