Robin Sampson, of Clyde Space, Glasgow (left), and Venture Southland satellite ground station manager Robin McNeill outside the Awarua Satellite Station last week. Mr McNeill said Mr Sampson was in Invercargill on behalf of the British Foreign Office to investigate the possibilities for space collaboration with Venture Southland using the Awarua satellite station. Clyde Space is a satellite design and production company. An arrangement was renewed in December last year between the European Space Agency (ESA) and the New Zealand Government for the Awarua Satellite Station to continue to support resupply missions to the International Space Station. The arrangement was first signed in 2007. Venture Southland and the French Space Agency CNES are the implementing authorities in the arrangement. Building on its work with CNES, Venture Southland now has contracts with five space agencies and satellite operators from two continents.
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