HITEC Luxembourg and SES TechCom sign multi antenna procurement contract

HITEC Luxembourg S.A., the Luxembourg based engineering and technology company has announced it has been selected for provisioning four antenna systems as part of the satellite ground stations to monitor and control the EDRS satellite network. The project is led by SES TechCom, a subcontractor to DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt), which recently signed a contract with Astrium to furnish major parts of the ground segment. The contract with HITEC Luxembourg includes the design, manufacturing and on-site installation of the antennas at key sites in Germany, UK and Belgium.

“The ground infrastructure is an essential part of European Data Relay Satellite System (EDRS). The high quality standard in product and service delivery of SES TechCom ensures that all requirements for such an innovative ground segment are met. Relying on the experience gained in several successful accomplished European projects with our partner HITEC Luxembourg, we selected the company to supply the four antenna systems,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director SES TechCom.

EDRS is the European network of geostationary satellites which acts as gateway between Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites and ground stations. The system will allow these LEO satellites to deliver data continuously in broadband quality, even with no line-of-sight to their respective ground station. EDRS will offer new opportunities in data acquisition and delivery following disasters and foster new applications in the field of environmental protection, security and weather forecasting.

The innovative 6.8 meter diameter, limited motion antennas will play an integral role in the system architecture of the EDRS. The EDRS ground stations will consist of two ‘feeder link’ ground stations (FLGS) and two data ground stations, all operating in Ka-Band. The first satellite ground stations are scheduled to be delivered by year end 2013, with the last ones being installed by mid-2014.

“Having accurate information in-time is crucial nowadays, especially when it comes to disaster response and security applications. The EDRS system will significantly increase the timeliness with which we are able to receive data for communication or monitoring services. Reliability and performance of ground stations is a must in these application fields. Our innovative Luxembourg engineered antenna systems fulfil these requirements to support faster and more reliable data transmission, and our company is proud to be awarded this procurement contract in the built up phase of a European space data highway,” stated Yves Elsen, Managing Partner and CEO of HITEC Luxembourg.

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SES Broadband Signs Agreement with Damy Engineering

SES Broadband Services, a 100% owned affiliate of satellite operator SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG), have announced that it has signed an agreement with Damy Engineering for the use of 18 MHz on SES’ ASTRA 4A satellite, covering Sub-Saharan Africa. Damy Engineering will start using the capacity, as well as the platform of SES Broadband Services, beginning mid-September 2012 for internet access in Benin.

Damy Engineering will commercialise and install SES satellite broadband at attractive prices to individuals and schools in Benin. Its offer will also include an online learning platform and free internet terminals in post offices throughout the country. For the rollout of the internet access services, Damy Engineering is also co-operating with La Poste du Benin and Nomotech, a subsidiary of SFR, the second largest mobile operator in France.

“Although broadband access is a key factor for economic success and education, it remains a challenge in many African countries,” said Patrick Biewer, Managing Director of SES Broadband Services. “We are delighted that Damy Engineering has chosen to use our platform to provide internet connectivity to improve educational opportunities for individuals and schools in Benin. It is an important contribution to bridging the digital and economic divide in Africa.”

“How can we establish an internet culture in a country lacking interconnection infrastructure, where cabled internet (xDSL) is notoriously inaccessible and ‘white zones’ constitute the overwhelming majority of the national territory? It is within this context of seeking solutions to allow equal access to its platform that Damy Engineering became interested in alternative technologies for internet access. SES Broadband Services and its world-class services have emerged as a compelling solution – proven and easy to deploy,” said Charles-Joel Djikpesse, General Manager of Damy Engineering.

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SES And SpaceX Announce Contract For Three Satellite Launches

SES (Euronext Paris and Luxembourg Stock Exchange: SESG) and Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX) have announced an agreement to launch three additional SES satellites on SpaceX’s Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy rockets.

This launch agreement – concluded through SES’ affiliate company SES-SL – builds on the successful SpaceX-SES partnership that began in March 2011 with the signing of the agreement for SES-8, due for launch in 2013. All four Falcon missions will support the enhancement of SES’ global fleet of satellites.

Romain Bausch, President and CEO of SES, stated: “SES was the first leading commercial satellite operator to place a launch contract with SpaceX and we eagerly await the launch of SES-8 in 2013. This new contract is testimony to our belief in SpaceX’s product and technical abilities. It also confirms SES’ priority for diversification of launch service providers and for securing timely access to space. We look forward to a long-term relationship with SpaceX.”

“We’re very pleased to add these three additional launches to our agreement with SES,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President of SpaceX. “It’s a strong endorsement of our launch capabilities and continues an outstanding partnership between our companies.”

The first SES/SpaceX mission under the contract is scheduled for 2015.

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