Contec and CDS

Sign a Memorandum of Understanding on Ground and Space Capabilities

June 13, 2024

On June 13th at the International Space Summit (ISS) 2024, CONTEC CEO, Dr. Sunghee Lee and CDS CEO, Dr. Ovidiu Ratiu signed an MOU with an intent to work together for Ground and Space Capabilities.

This includes collaborative activities in relation to hosting of CONTEC antennas in future CDS Ground Sites; execution and operation by CDS of satellite Ground Stations on the territory of Romania for LEO satellite communications through CONTEC technologies and solutions; promotion, sales and support by CDS of Earth Observation (EO) imagery and derived software products provided by CONTEC.

In addition, the agreement includes the use of intra-spacecraft communications using Ultra Wide Band (UWB) technology developed by CDS, use of Inter satellite Links (ISL) using Software Defined Radio (SDR) technology developed by CDS and the support of deep space communications using CONTEC technology.

Dr. Sunghee Lee, CEO of CONTEC and Dr. Ovidiu Ratiu, Founder and CEO of CDS at the International Space Summit 2024 in Seoul, South Korea.

CONTEC is a global leading space company based in South Korea providing a full-vertical chain solution including ground station engineering solutions, ground station-as-a-service (GSaaS), satellite imagery processing, analytics and application solutions. CONTEC also has two subsidiaries, CONTEC Space Optics where they design and manufacture high resolution electro-optical cameras and CONTEC Earth Service, a provider of environmental monitoring solutions.

About CDS
Founded in 1994, Control Data Systems SRL (CDS) is a privately owned technology company located in Cluj-Napoca, Romania. CDS is a developer of wireless products and technologies for industrial applications in areas such as aerospace, oil and gas and environmental monitoring, and has successfully executed multiple research projects in the space domain after Romania joined ESA in 2011, including wireless applications for satellite AIT operations and the development of a wireless communication bus for satellite applications.