Irish firm EnBio has announced that it has secured a €500,000 contract with the European Space Agency for one of its surfaces to be evaluated for potential use on an upcoming unique satellite programme.

The contract will enable EnBio, a surface enhancing technology company, to optimise a surface treatment for use as a "sunscreen" to better protect satellites as they travel in space.

The contract for work on the Solar Orbiter programme will also enable EnBio to establish its first manufacturing facility at its headquarters at NovaUCD.

That is the Centre for New Ventures and Entrepreneurs at University College Dublin.