Satellite communications equipment from a space technology company based in Stockport, Greater Manchester, is set to be tested in orbit after being delivered on board the SpaceX rocket.

SatixFy Space Systems will use the European Space Agency mission to demonstrate their satcom technology in space for the first time.

SatixFy’s CubeSat computer will be the most capable product of its type on the market, supporting up to 4Gbps of data transmission, and allowing companies to process large amounts of data in orbit.

SatixFy’s satcom technology will be part of a payload to launch aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The launch was originally due to take place in June but was postponed.

Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said:

“ESA is proud to enable small and medium-sized enterprises in Europe to become space mission providers and enter the space industry through programmes such as Pioneer.

“It provides innovators and entrepreneurs with the means to access space through cost-effective processes, creating jobs and boosting prosperity, and supporting the success of the European and Canadian space industry in the highly competitive global telecommunications market.”

SatixFy Space Systems has a base on the Cheadle Royal Business Park, Stockport, Greater Manchester.