L-3 Wins Communications Contract for International Space Station; Steve Kantor Comments

Steve Kantor

L-3 Communications has won a $24 million contract to deliver communications units and parts for NASA’s Common Communications for Visiting Vehicles program for the International Space Station.

According to a company release, the contract calls for the design and delivery of four S-Band flight units and associated flight equivalent units, spares, ground support equipment and compatibility test sets.

“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.

It works to consolidate communications functions between the International Space Station and docking vehicles using a standard data link, saving weight and space and simplifying logistics for coordinating the docking of visiting vehicles.

The C2V2 program has an expected mission life of 13 years, according to the company statement.

Work will be performed at L-3 Cincinnati Electronics in Mason, Ohio.

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