- Constelex Technology Enablers - which was acquired by Gooch & Housego last month - is participating in new European Union R&D projects and European Space Agency Space Photonics contracts.

The programmes will focus on design and development of photonic components and sub-systems for satellite communications.

Constelex is coordinating project MERLIN ( that aims to design and fabricate high-speed digital transceivers for intra-satellite links enabling next-generation 'photonics-enabled' broadband satellites.

Constelex is involved in the system design and experimental performance evaluation of MERLIN optical links and is responsible for commercializing the MERLIN transceivers.

Chief executive Gareth Jones said: "These development contracts and R&D programmes highlight the key strategic reasons behind the acquisition of Constelex and the combined group's objectives to develop high added-value photonic next generation systems applicable to space and satellite communications."

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