Brexit restrictions have made Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd (SSTL) move contracts to the European mainland.
The company, which continues to be the sole designer and manufacturer of navigation payloads on all Galileo satellites, reports that it will be banned from testing classified elements of them after Britain has left the EU.
The EU has stated that UK will no longer have access to the secure elements of Galileo when it leaves the EU - highlighting that, under EU law, non-EU countries cannot have access to Galileo’s Public Regulated Service (PRS).
SSTL’s Director of Navigation explains ‘We have put in place an arrangement for testing on the Continent if we need to.’ The company is in talks with 3 mainland companies to perform the first classified test; but all unclassified work will continue at SSTL in Guildford.
SSTL has been involved in Galileo since 2003 and, together with German partner, OHB System, won a third contract in 2017 to build and supply the latest 12 satellites. But it has been locked out of current bidding for the fourth batch of satellites.