COM DEV International
|Founder||Dr. Val O'Donovan
Dr. Chandra Kudsia
|Headquarters||Cambridge, Ontario, Canada|
|Michael Pley, CEO (2010)
Gary Calhoun, CFO (2002)
Dr. Roberta Bondar, Board member (2008)
Terry Reidel, Chair
Michael Williams, COM DEV International Products
|Products||Aerospace research and manufacturing
|Website||COM DEV International|
COM DEV International is a satellite technology, space sciences and telecommunications company with headquarters in Cambridge, Ontario, Canada. The company has branches and offices in Ottawa, the United States, the United Kingdom, China and India.
COM DEV develops and manufactures specialized satellite systems, including microwave systems, switches, optical systems, specialized satellite antennas, as well as components for the aviation and aerospace industry. The company produces custom equipment designs for commercial, military and civilian purposes, as well as providing contract research for the space sciences.
The company was founded in 1974 and specialized in microwave technology for the aviation and aerospace industry. COM DEV has gone on to become a leader in space satellite componentry and hardware, specializing in telecommunication systems, and has since become a global designer and builder of telecommunication components and systems for space satellites, as well as one of Canada’s largest sources of spacecraft instrumentation.
In 2007 it purchased a Passive Microwave division in El Segundo California for $8.75M.
In 2010 it purchased Ottawa-based space instrument supplier Routes AstroEngineering for $1.7M.
In 2015 it purchased MESL Microwave of Edinburgh, Scotland. 
In 2015 it entered the waveguide market with the purchase of Pacific Wave Systems (PWS) of Garden Grove, California.
Since the 1990s the company has manufactured components for satellites including:
- Telemetry communication and control modules
- Multiplexer (MUX) switching networks and filters
- Crossovers for microwave
- Modulators, regulators
- Surface acoustic wave filters
- Assemblies for airline telecommunications
- Special satellite antennas
The company has developed and built satellites assemblies or components for over 900 satellite missions, including:
- Sapphire (satellite) Optical Imaging Payload
- Swarm (spacecraft) Canadian Electric Field Instrument
- ExactView 1
- Terra (Satellite) MOPITT Instrument
- CASSIOPE e-POP Radio Receiver Instrument
- Dextre Force Moment Sensors
- Upper Atmosphere Research Satellite WINDII Instrument
- Far Ultraviolet Spectroscopic Explorer Fine Error Sensor
- SCISAT-1 MAESTRO instrument and CALTRAC(TM) Startracker
- Odin (Satellite) Odin-OSIRIS Instrument
- Herschel Space Observatory HIFI Local oscillator Source Unit
- Jason-1 CALTRAC(TM) Startrackers
- Genesis (spacecraft) CALTRAC(TM) Startrackers
- Formosat-2 CALTRAC(TM) Startrackers
- Nozomi (spacecraft) Thermal Plasma Analyser
- Akebono (satellite) Suprathermal ion Mass Spectrometer
- Freja (satellite) Cold Gas Analyser and Auroral Imager
- Interbol Ultraviolet Auroral Imager
- Viking (satellite) Ultraviolet Imager
Upcoming missions include:
- Maritime Monitoring and Messaging Micro-Satellite (M3MSat)
- James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) Fine Guidance Sensor and Near Infrared Imaging and Slitless Spectrograph
Past projects have also included an Automatic Identification System (AIS) validation nanosatellite launched on an Antrix PSLV-C9 vehicle from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota, India in April 2008. The AIS experimental spacecraft was built under contract by the University of Toronto Institute for Aerospace Studies (UTIAS) Space Flight Laboratory (SFL), which also designated with the responsibility for its operation.
Research and development
The company provides research and development work in aeronautics and space technology. Many modules of the company are used in many well-known space probes and satellites. The company cooperates with major space agencies, including NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA), JAXA, Indian Space Research Organisation and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).
- Boeing Canada
- Bombardier Aerospace
- Canadian Space Agency
- CMC Electronics
- MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates
- Spar Aerospace
- Viking Air
- COM DEV ‘Space Pioneer’ Contributes, McMaster University, Faculty of Engineering, March 5, 2010.
- COM DEV International Ltd., Reuters.com website.
- National Defense and COM DEV International to Further Develop Satellite Communications Technology, Government of Canada, Department of National Defense, October 13, 1998, Project number: NR-98.081.
- Brief from COM DEV CANADA, Government of Canada, Committee Hearing WD5138047.
- Williams, David. Com Dev Space Opens New SAW Lab., Satellite Today, May 24, 2001. Retrieved July 17, 2014 via Highbeam.com
- COM DEV acquires former EMS Technologies division, Nov. 23, 2005. Retrieved oct. 16, 2014
- COM DEV announces official launch of US operations, May 22, 2007. Retrieved Oct. 16, 2014
- COM DEV buys Ottawa-based subcontractor Routes AstroEngineering for $1.7M, April 6, 2010. Retrieved Oct. 16, 2014
- COM DEV established subsidiary exactEarth to offer space-based AIS services starting in 2010, June 10, 2009. Retrieved Oct. 16, 2014
- COM DEV Announces Acquisition of MESL Microwave
- COM DEV Acquires Pacific Wave Systems
- COM DEV Launches Advanced Space-Based AIS Validation Nanosatellite, SpaceRef.com website, April 28, 2008.
- Com Dev - Corporate
- Com Dev - Financial Results 2012, accessed on 12 November 2013 (PDF, 2.3 MB)
- Com Dev Fine Guidance Sensor for the James Webb Space Telescope, accessed on November 12, 2013