KONGSBERG SPACETEC signs new contracts
The figure shows inter satellite laser links ©Airbus. It is an advanced system where measures from an Earth observations satellite in polar orbit transfers data to a communication satellite in geostationary orbit and further to our ground segment
Kongsberg Spacetec AS (KSPT) has won several important and large contracts last year with new orders for 25 MEURO. This is the biggest in the history of the company.
Joint Polar Satellite System (JPSS) is a consolidated satellite program for American weather and climate satellites that will be operated by National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and is considered as the most important source for improved weather forecasts, civil readiness and climate research in US and the rest of the world in the years ahead.
JPSS-1/NOAA-20 was launched in November this year. See http://www.jpss.noaa.gov/launch.html. More JPSS satellites will be launched in the years to come. US Raytheon is the prime contractor for building the JPSS ground segment with NASA and NOAA as end customers, and Kongsberg Spacetec delivers a number of systems that are critical for receiving and distributing satellite data. In 2018 and 2019 all systems shall be re-hosted, a total of 63 systems.
This summer Kongsberg Spacetec won a large contract with Airbus, Germany to deliver a number of ground stations to process data from the European relay satellites (European Data Relay Satellite – EDRS).
The performance demands are very high. Data shall be processed with at data rate up to 1800 Mbps. It is totally 10 systems to be delivered in the first round with option for more. Airbus has ambitions to further develop the system with more satellites, increasing the deliveries from Kongsberg Spacetec.
Earlier this year, Kongsberg Spacetec also won a contract to deliver several of the systems in the EUMETSAT (European Meteorological Satellite organisation) Polar System – Second Generation (EPS- SG) with Thales Alenia France as the prime contractor. This is the European counterpart (concerning meteorological satellites) to JPSS and comprises systems to be delivered near the North Pole (Svalbard), The South Pole (McMurdo) and centrally at EUMETSAT in Germany.
All contracts are based on Kongsberg Spacetec standard products for receiving high rate satellite data, including new developed systems for processing, storing and distribution.
Kongsberg Spacetec AS which was established in 1984 is a world leading supplier of ground stations for Earth observation satellites, and became a part of The Kongsberg Group in 1994.