Share:Kongsberg Satellite Services to provide services to OneWeb
Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has signed a contract to deliver ground station services to the first global satellite based internet network. The contract with the satellite company OneWeb has a value of 32 MUSD.
KSAT will deliver ground station services for controll of the satellites from its ground stations at Svalbard and in Canada. Oneweb are to launch a constellation of a total of 680 satellites to provide internett globally, also covering areas without necessary ground based infrastructur.
As part of the agreement KSAT will invest in several new antennas at Svalbard. The contract strengthens KSAT’s position as the world’s leading provider of ground based satellite services for data reception from, and control of, satellites.
“This is an important contract for KSAT, and we look forward to delivering services to OneWeb. OneWeb is one of several new players within space with new technology for satellite based communication services. For KSAT this agreement entails strengthening our position within new segments, and also expanding our infrastructure and capacity,” says Rolf Skatteboe, President of KSAT.
KSAT provides services related to both data reception from, and control of, satellites in polar orbits. The ground stations in the Arctic (Svalbard) and Antarctica (Troll) are the core elements in the “pole-to-pole” concept enabling data delivery for critical services such as meteorology every 50 minutes.
KSAT is a commercial satellite centre owned 50% by KONGSBERG and 50% by the Department of Trade and Industry through Space Norway. KSAT is situated in Tromsø, Norway, with ground stations located at 15 different locations world wide, including Tromsø, Svalbard, Dubai, South Africa, Singapore, Mauritius and the Antarctic. KSAT operates more than 120 antenna installations and supports approximately 100 different satellite systems more than 30 000 times per month. KSAT is immaculately located for both TT&C (Telemetri tracking & Control), launch support, as well as data reception and near real time Earth Observation services.
KONGSBERG (OSE-ticker: KOG) is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defence and aerospace. KONGSBERG has 7 000 employees located in more than 25 countries and total revenues of NOK 15.8 billion in 2016. Follow us on Twitter: @kongsbergasa.