KSAT Signs MNOK 173 Copernicus Contract

Source: www.gulfoilandgas.com 1/12/2015, Location: Europe

Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has signed an extension to the existing contract for ground station support for the sentinel satellites in the European Copernicus programme. KSAT is the supplier of polar ground station support for this European climate and environmental monitoring program. KSAT is responsible for data collection and delivery of payload data from all the six Sentinel satellites.

The first satellite, Sentinel-1a is a radar satellite with special importance for Norway since it is a prime source of data used in maritime surveillance in the northern areas. Data from this satellite is operationally used in services related to oil-spill monitoring, as well as ice- and ship detection. It constitutes a very efficient tool for Norway’s situational awareness in the northern most areas.

KSAT is providing the services from its ground station at Svalbard, Norway. The antenna installation is controlled from the Tromso Network Operation Center in Tromso, Norwa, the latter collocated with the company’s main offices. The contract solidifies KSATs position as the world largest provider of services related to satellite data reception and control, as well as operational monitoring services derived hereof.

The addition to the contract signed now is 18,6 MEURO. The total contract value is then 46,5 MEURO. The duration of the contract is 5 years till 31/12 2019.

KSAT is a commercial satellite centre owned 50% by KONGSBERG and 50% by the Department of Trade and Industry through the Norwegian Space. KSAT is situated in Tromso, Norway with ground stations in Tromso, Svalbard, Grimstad, Dubai, South Africa, Singapore, Mauritius and the Antarctic. 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 is an international, knowledge-based group that supplies high-technology systems and solutions to customers engaged in the oil and gas industry, the merchant marine, and the defence and aerospace industries.


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