COM DEV Europe Signs (euro)5 Million Contract With European Space Agency

By Com Dev International Ltd, PRNE
Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Pioneering Development Promises a Revolution in LEO Spacecraft Communications

AYLESBURY, England, October 7, 2010 - COM DEV Europe, a subsidiary of leading space hardware manufacturer COM
DEV International Ltd. (TSX:CDV), announced today that it has signed a
(euro)5 million contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) for the
development of new SB-SAT (SwiftBroadband for Satellite) technology.
Partnered with Inmarsat and Broad Reach Engineering (US), COM DEV Europe will
develop an SB-SAT terminal that will enable 24/7 access to Low Earth Orbiting
spacecraft, utilising Inmarsat's existing I-4 satellite network.

Low Earth Orbiting (LEO) spacecraft can currently only communicate with
the ground during the ten minute period when they fly over a dedicated ground
station. Consequently, satellite operators have to invest in expensive ground
segment infrastructure, or lease dedicated facilities, in order to
communicate with the spacecraft for just a short period a few times a day.
Satellites have to be designed to store data until the satellite passes over
a ground station and such data is very often 'out of date' by the time it
reaches the user.

The SB-SAT concept would enable LEO spacecraft to continuously
communicate during the whole orbit. Space-qualified SB-SAT terminals, which
will be specially adapted versions of Inmarsat's aeronautical SwiftBroadband
service, will be incorporated on LEO spacecraft. The terminals relay signals
to the Inmarsat satellites located further out in space, in geostationary
orbit, and then through the Inmarsat ground stations to the user or operator,
making full use of Inmarsat's mobile broadband system and its proven
infrastructure. This will allow 24/7 access with very low latency at data
rates up to 475kb/s, opening up new mission opportunities. The SB-SAT
terminal will be designed with an integrated GPS receiver and antenna
controller, though it can be supplied as a terminal only if desired.

"The contract with ESA is a major endorsement of the SB-SAT concept, and
will provide a significant boost to its development," said Rob Spurrett,
Managing Director of COM DEV Europe. "This pioneering technology promises to
revolutionise the way in which LEO spacecraft communicate with the ground,
often to share essential and time-critical information."

The (euro)5 million contract is split into two phases, with the second
phase contingent on successful completion of the first, and all work expected
to be completed by 2012. Funded by the UK's Technology Strategy Board
contribution to the ESA ARTES 3-4 programme, the contract covers the
development to Engineering Qualification Model and the modification to the
Inmarsat ground segment. In a separate contract award, Inmarsat is to receive
funding from the US's Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) to
provide a flight terminal and service demonstration in space, with contracts
awarded from Inmarsat to Broad Reach Engineering and COM DEV Europe as part
of the overall award.

Inmarsat, COM DEV Europe and Broad Reach Engineering have signed a
Teaming Agreement for the provision of the space-borne SB-SAT terminal and
associated service provision, and will jointly market the terminal and
service to LEO satellite manufacturers and operators. A number of
opportunities are being investigated with terminal production expected to be
divided between COM DEV Europe facilities in the UK and at Broad Reach
Engineering facilities in the US.

About COM DEV Europe

COM DEV Europe (CDE) is a subsidiary of COM DEV International
(, a leading global designer and manufacturer of
space hardware subsystems. Founded in 1985 and based in Aylesbury, United
, CDE supplies complex equipment, technology solutions and subsystems
for space applications with equipment supplied on over 75 space programmes.
Its customer base includes all the major commercial space satellite providers
as well as government institutions.

About Broad Reach Engineering

Broad Reach Engineering produces spaceflight hardware and software
solutions, integrating vehicle design, component design and engineering
services for aerospace, scientific, commercial and military customers on four
continents and for global space centers and contractors. The company's
radiation-hardened avionics and electronics product lines include the
next-generation BRE440 "system-on-a-chip" - the world's highest-performance
radiation-hardened microprocessor. Founded in 1997, the company has office
and laboratory locations in Tempe, Ariz., and Golden, Colo. For more
information, please visit

About Inmarsat

Inmarsat plc (LSE: ISAT) is the leading provider of global mobile
satellite communications services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing
reliable voice and high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises
and other organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land,
at sea or in the air. The company's services are delivered through a global
network of more than 400 distribution partners and service providers
operating in 100 countries. For the year ended 31 December 2009, Inmarsat plc
had total revenue of US$1,038.1 million (2008: US$996.7 million) with an
EBITDA of US$594.2 million (2008: US$531.2 million). For more information,
please visit

This news release may contain certain forward-looking statements that
involve risks and uncertainties. Actual results may differ materially from
results indicated in any forward-looking statements. The Company cautions
that, among other things, in view of the rapid changes in communications
markets and technologies, and other risks including the cost and market
acceptance of the Company's new products, the level of individual customer
procurements and competitive product offerings and pricing, and general
economic circumstances, the Company's business prospects may be materially
different from forward-looking statements made by the Company.

The triangular logo and the word COM DEV are each registered trademarks
and the property of COM DEV Ltd. All rights reserved.

For further information: Rob Goldsmith, Business Development Director,
COM DEV Europe, Tel: +44-1296 616420,; Gary
, Chief Financial Officer, COM DEV International, Tel: +1-519-622-2300
ext. 2826,; Jeff Codispodi, The Equicom Group, Tel:
+1-416-815-0700 ext. 261,

For further information: Rob Goldsmith, Business Development Director,
COM DEV Europe, Tel: +44-1296 616420, rob.goldsmith at; Gary
Calhoun, Chief Financial Officer, COM DEV International, Tel: +1-519-622-2300
ext. 2826, gary.calhoun at; Jeff Codispodi, The Equicom Group, Tel:
+1-416-815-0700 ext. 261, jcodispodi at

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