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Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions to Support Astranis in Mission to Bring Widespread Internet Connectivity to Alaska

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Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions and Astranis, a manufacturer and operator of small geostationary satellites, announced today that they are working together to support Astranis’ efforts to bring widespread broadband internet access to the people of Alaska. Astranis’ small geostationary earth orbit (GEO) communications satellite will more than triple the amount of current satellite capacity available in Alaska, where 39% of the population still has unreliable internet access, and will leverage Cobham’s new LeanREL microcontroller and CAN transceiver product offerings.

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Astranis Geostationary Satellite to Feature Cobham LeanREL™ Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)

Astranis Geostationary Satellite to Feature Cobham LeanREL™ Electronics (Photo: Business Wire)

“Cobham’s LeanREL products are a great fit for our Alaska mission,” said Miki Heller, Vice President of Business Operations and Strategy at Astranis. “Cobham’s extensive space pedigree helps us meet the reliability targets of our program and their forward-thinking on LeanREL products makes their offerings price-competitive for a satellite of our size.”

Cobham’s LeanREL Electronics offer world-class harsh environment performance at a fraction of the normal cost. A full suite of ICs, LeanREL leverages Cobham’s 30+ years of radiation-hardened, QML level reliability, and innovative space systems design expertise to create an unmatched offering. Based on the same QML pedigree and silicon as the company’s renowned HiRel solutions, Cobham’s LeanREL ICs can enable up to 60% cost savings to extend mission durations well beyond that of typical off-the-shelf ICs and greatly speeds up time to market through rapid prototyping.

“We’re excited to support Astranis on their journey to bring dependable broadband internet to the people of Alaska and we look forward to providing mission-matched, affordable reliability through our LeanREL products,” said David Meyouhas, Director of Standard Product Marketing, Space and Semiconductor Products, Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions.

About Astranis

Four billion people still have no internet access. Astranis is here to change that. Headquartered in San Francisco, California, Astranis is a team of 80+ world-class engineers working together to build the next generation of internet satellites. Their Alaska program will triple the satellite internet bandwidth of Alaska in 2021.

About Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions

Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions (CAES), the U.S. subsidiary of Cobham plc operating under a Special Security Agreement (SSA) with the US Department of Defense, provides a number of mission-critical and specialized solutions for harsh environments. Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions supplies defense, aerospace, security, medical and industrial markets with critical solutions for communication on land, at sea, and in the air and space, by moving data through off-the-shelf and customized products and subsystems including RF, microwave, and high reliability microelectronics, antenna apertures and motion control solutions.

About Cobham plc

Cobham offers an innovative range of technologies and services to solve challenging problems in commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the depths of the ocean. We employ around 10,000 people primarily in the USA, UK, Europe and Australia, and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data communications, including satellite communications; defence electronics; air-to- air refueling; aviation services; life support and mission equipment.

LeanREL is a trademark of Cobham Advanced Electronic Solutions.