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ENGINEERS working on satellites in Portsmouth are to be part of a new television show.

How To Build, a new programme devised by the BBC and Open University, showcases three current British engineering projects.

In the final of the three-programme series, engineers working for Astrium in Stevenage and Portsmouth will show how they design, construct and test major components of a telecommunications satellite, which when fired into orbit will need to survive extreme temperatures and fast moving space debris.

The first 60-minute programme looks at the building of an Airbus superjumbo wing, and the second focuses on the McLaren supercar.

Dr Tony Nixon, who is working on the programme for the OU, said: ‘These programmes offer a real insight into the world of engineering, showing the expertise and dedication of skilled individuals working in UK industries and their contribution to the global activity of product development and manufacture.’

How To Build is due to be shown on BBC2 later this month.