Kongsberg supplies space electronics to Astranis
(2 May 2019 - Kongsberg) Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace will supply communications equipment (TC&R) to Astranis Space Technologies.
The delivery consists of the functional interface between the satellite and the ground and includes all the equipment needed to transmit data in the form of telemetry.
The telecom company Astranis builds the next generation satellite as part of providing the world internet access. Astranis has signed an agreement with the Alaska-based internet provider Pacific Dataport Inc. The satellite will triple satellite capacity available to Alaska's inhabitants, where the highly advanced equipment of Kongsberg is an important part of the satellite.
The quality and reliability of Kongsberg`s TC&R systems has been important in the choice of supplier and enables Astranis to achieve its goal of delivering low-cost reliable bandwidth. This delivery strengthens Kongsberg's portfolio of communication equipment for satellites.
"Kongsberg closely monitors developments in the satellite industry, including what is referred to as New Space, where we have products and services within a large part of the value chain," says Ingelin Drøpping, Executive Vice President Space & Surveillance at Kongsberg Defence & Aerospace AS.
“Since 2009, Kongsberg has provided communication equipment (TC&R) to a number of satellite operators and platforms. For a total of 25 programs, more than 100 units are sold, and our solutions have been very well received in the market. We are proud to deliver a high quality level to Astranis”, says Ellen Tuset, Program Director Space Electronics at Kongsberg Defense & Aerospace.