Communications & Power Industries wins a $ 3 million contract from NASA to support the Artemis Moon Exploration Program


Communications & Power Industries wins a $ 3 million contract from NASA to support the Artemis Moon Exploration Program

Press release from: CommStar Space Communications, LLC
Posted: Friday October 8th, 2021

Communications & Power Industries (CPI) has received more than $ 3 million from NASA to provide specialized K-band traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) for the Space Agency’s Artemis program, which aims to establish a base camp the moon calls surface and a gateway outpost in lunar orbit. CPI’s amplifiers will assist the gateway outpost in its lunar orbital and docking exercises by supporting communications, data, and telemetry functions.

The TWTAs for the Artemis program were developed by the Satcom Products Group of the Satcom & Medical Products (SMP) division of CPI. The TWTAs should be sent by the end of the calendar year. CPI’s fast delivery capabilities and the proven reliability of its K- and Ka-band TWTA platform were key factors in selecting NASA’s CPI amplifiers for this project.

Artemis’ lunar research program aims to achieve a first human moon landing by 2024 and a sustainable lunar research camp by the mid to late 2020s. With this program, NASA wants to establish the first long-term presence on the moon and use what has been learned there to prepare astronauts for Mars.

“The Artemis program is an example of how public authorities and the private sector are working towards a common goal: to establish a sustainable human presence on the moon. CPI’s amplifiers will be a critical piece of the communications technology required to make this goal a reality. As the ground segment supplier to NASA’s Artemis program, we can build on CPI’s extensive experience with high-performance amplifiers and innovate to achieve this goal, “said Mike Boyle, president of CPI’s SMP division.” The TWTAs we developed especially for this project are based on our decades of development in the K and Ka band and other high frequency ranges for a number of applications. “

CPI is a leader in ground systems and components for satellite communications. Through the Satcom Products Group of its SMP division, which has manufacturing and engineering facilities in the USA and Canada, CPI is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of high-performance communication amplifiers for satellite uplink applications. In addition to vacuum-based amplifier technologies such as TWTAs and klystron power amplifiers, CPI also designs and manufactures solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) using both gallium nitride (GaN) and gallium arsenide (GaAs) technology. In fact, CPI is the only vendor to offer this full spectrum of repeater technologies used in fixed and mobile gateways to support commercial, government, and military communications around the world.

About the communication and energy industry

Communications & Power Industries (CPI) is a global manufacturer of electronic components and subsystems, primarily focused on the communications and defense markets. With a decades-long legacy of technological excellence, CPI designs, manufactures and markets innovative and reliable technology solutions worldwide that are used in the generation, amplification, transmission and reception of microwave signals for commercial and military applications. Learn more about CPI at

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