January 22, 2018 – Magellan Aerospace announced today that it has delivered the first of three Power Control Units (PCU) for an upcoming space mission. In 2016, Magellan was selected by the Laboratory for Atmospheric and Space Physics (LASP), at the University of Colorado Boulder, to provide satellite technology for a future Deep Space Interplanetary Mission. Under the contract, Magellan’s Winnipeg facility will deliver three PCUs and subsystems for three jointly-developed Control and Data Handling (C&DH) units. The end user customer and program cannot be identified for contractual reasons.
Magellan will provide their flight-proven PCUs and C&DH subsystems that utilize expertise developed by Magellan for past and current Canadian Space Agency missions. The C&DH provides spacecraft control processing, command decoding and processing, telemetry encoding, and data handling and mass storage. The PCU provides power distribution and control, is scalable, and can be configured as either single string or dual string redundancy.
Daniel Zanatta, Magellan’s Vice President, Business Development, Marketing and Contracts said, “The selection of Magellan’s technology for an international space mission is an excellent innovation and export success story for Canada.”