UK Satellite Engineering Company Signs $19.7 Million Deal With SpaceX for Starlink Constellations

By Thea Felicity

Apr 24, 2024 09:55 AM EDT

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Filtronic Plc, a leading UK-based satellite internet engineering firm, announced a groundbreaking agreement with Elon Musk's SpaceX. This deal, revealed on Wednesday, includes a $19.7 million contract for Filtronic to supply modules essential for SpaceX's Starlink constellations, according to BNN Bloomberg. 

In detail, the agreement grants SpaceX the option to acquire up to a 10% stake in Filtronic. The purchase order also includes the acquisition of E-band SSPA modules, which are important components that amplify radio frequency signals, with anticipation of increased order flow to Filtronic's headquarters in Shipley, England, to improve the Starlink system. 

As part of the arrangement, Filtronic will issue up to 21.7 million warrants, distributed in two tranches, which would confer upon Musk's company a maximum 10% ownership stake in Filtronic once approximately $60 million worth of orders are placed.

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Behind Filtronic and SpaceX Partnership

Now, it positions Filtronic to scale up its manufacturing capabilities and facilitate its expansion projects. It also confidently anticipates exceeding market expectations for the fiscal years 2024 and 2025, considering its profits have fluctuated over its three-decade tenure as a listed company. 

True to SpaceX's clout, the company's shares experienced a meteoric rise of over 50%, representing a record surge in value. This means investor confidence in Filtronic's trajectory and the upcoming transformative potential of its collaboration with SpaceX. 

For both SpaceX and Filtronic, the time to chart a course toward sustained growth and innovation in the satellite internet sector is now. 

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