SES : HITEC Luxembourg Signs a Multi Antenna Procurement Contract with SES TechCom to Supply Four Antenna Systems for European Space Data Highway
09/18/2012| 04:05am US/Eastern
Luxembourg Company to provide key infrastructure to enable data on
demand within EDRS
HITEC Luxembourg S.A., the Luxembourg based engineering and technology
company, announced today that 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," says 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," states
Yves Elsen, Managing Partner and CEO of HITEC Luxembourg.
The project in the frame of the EDRS system implementation follows the
recent delivery of a 13 meter full-motion antenna operating in Ka-band
to the DLR. The repeated selection of HITEC Luxembourg by SES TechCom
for the delivery of the four antenna systems constitutes a major
recognition of the company's achievement potential and trust in the
"The EDRS contract award to SES TechCom underlined the confidence major
actors of the European space industry have in the technical capabilities
built-up in Luxembourg since its adhesion to ESA. The procurement
contract awarded by SES TechCom to HITEC Luxembourg now brings together
Luxembourg know-how to serve this important European satellite program,"
outlines François Biltgen, member of the Luxembourg government and
Minister for Higher Education and Research.
About HITEC Luxembourg S.A. www.hitec.lu
HITEC Luxembourg S.A., a 100%-owned Luxembourg company, has developed
its business activities in the field of innovative and quality products
and services. The company is ISO 9001 certified for engineering,
analysis, consulting, manufacturing, maintenance and sales of systems in
mechanics, electronics, physical measuring techniques as well as
information and communication technologies. The Luxembourg ESR label for
corporate social responsibility (CSR) certifies the commitment by HITEC
Luxembourg to monitor and promote an approach to CSR with respect to
economic, social and environmental dimensions of its stakeholders. The
company has been awarded with the SuperDrecksKëscht fir Betriber label
for its contribution to an environmental friendly waste management. The
label is certified in accordance with the ISO 14024:2000 standard.
HITEC Luxembourg offers high technology solutions covering different
business areas: satellite ground segment technology; customer specific
and standard equipment for testing and measuring of physical properties;
engineering; consulting; software & ICT development and project
management. HITEC Luxembourg serves private and public sector customers
at a national and international level. Its business objectives, as a
specialized high technology provider are to achieve a strong sustainable
market position; to expand its activities at an international level as
well as to promote the Luxembourg site through the realization of
innovative high quality value-added products and services.
About SES www.ses.com
SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 50
geostationary satellites. The company provides satellite communications
services to broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile
and fixed network operators and business and governmental organisations
SES stands for long-lasting business relationships, high-quality service
and excellence in the broadcasting industry. The culturally diverse
regional teams of SES are located around the globe and work closely with
customers to meet their specific satellite bandwidth and service
SES (Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and
QuetzSat in Mexico, as well as a strategic participation in satellite
infrastructure start-up O3b Networks.
About DLR www.dlr.de
German Aerospace Center (DLR) is Germany's national research centre for
aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in
aeronautics, space, transportation and energy is integrated into
national and international cooperative ventures. As Germany's Space
Agency, the German federal government has given DLR responsibility for
the forward planning and implementation of the German space programme as
well as international representation of Germany's interests.
Aeronautics and space make substantial contributions to the way we live
today. Aviation guarantees our global mobility and satellites enable
worldwide communication. Remote sensing generates data about our
environment, while the exploration of space leads to new knowledge about
the origin and development of the solar system, its planets, and, hence,
about the creation of life.
Moreover, key industries, including materials technology, medicine and
software engineering, all profit from innovations made by DLR in the
fields of aeronautics and space.
DLR's mission thus comprises:
Exploration of the Earth and the solar system
Research aimed at protecting the environment
Development of environmentally-friendly technologies to promote
mobility, communication and security.
DLR's research portfolio ranges from fundamental research to innovative
development of the applications and products of tomorrow. In this way,
DLR contributes the scientific and technical know-how that has gained,
thus enhancing Germany's industrial and technological reputation. DLR
operates large-scale research facilities for the center's own projects
and as a service provider for clients and partners. It also promotes the
next generation of scientists, provides advisory services to the German
government and is a driving force in the regions centred on its various
Approximately 7000 people work for DLR; the center has 32 institutes and
facilities at 16 locations in Germany: Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn,
Braunschweig, Bremen, Cologne (headquarters), Goettingen, Hamburg,
Jülich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade, Stuttgart,
Trauen and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris and
The DLR budget for in-house research and development work and other
internal operations amounts to approximately ?770 million, of which
approximately half comes from revenues earned by DLR. DLR also
administers the space budget of the German government, which totals some
?1047 million (2009).
About EDRS http://www.esa.int/
The European Data Relay Satellite (EDRS) system, which is being
developed under ARTES 7, will be an independent, European satellite
system designed to reduce time delays in the transmission of large
quantities of data.
To add to Europe's independence, the EDRS system will provide a
telecommunications network that is fast, reliable and seamless. It will
make on-demand data available at the right place at the right time, and
will ultimately save lives in search and rescue operations.
Data relay satellites are satellites placed in geostationary orbit to
relay information to and from non-geostationary satellites, spacecraft,
other vehicles and fixed Earth stations, which otherwise are not able to
For further information:
HITEC Luxembourg S.A.
+352 49 84 78 ? 739
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