How to Build

Series 2 - 3. Voyages of Construction - A Satellite

About this programme

3/3. The construction, testing and launch of a communications satellite by British company Astrium, beginning at the firm's facility in Stevenage, where the vessel's fuel tanks, engines and carbon-fibre skeleton are assembled. The next stage takes place in Portsmouth, where its electronic equipment is built and tested in a highly controlled environment, before solar arrays and antenna dishes are attached at a site in France. The journey concludes with the satellite's launch in the South American country of French Guiana.

Cast and crew


Executive Producer
Tina Fletcher-Hill
Simon Winchcombe
Series Producer
Steve Crabtree