COM DEV Europe's satellite terminal passes an important milestone in
completing inter-satellite communication link
AYLESBURY, UK, Sept. 24, 2013 /CNW/ - COM DEV Europe Ltd, a subsidiary of
leading space hardware manufacturer COM DEV International (TSX: CDV), today
announced that the SB-SAT (Swift Broadband for Satellites) terminal that it is
developing in partnership with Inmarsat and Moog Inc., has successfully
communicated over the air to the Geostationary (GEO) Inmarsat-4F3 satellite.
SB-SAT is designed to fly on LEO (low earth orbit) spacecraft and provide
real-time and continuous access to the ground via the Inmarsat BGAN (Broadband
Global Area Network) system. A key milestone is proving the two-way
communications link from the terminal to the GEO spacecraft while ensuring
that there is no interference with other users. For the test, a photograph was
beamed up to the Geostationary Inmarsat-4F3 spacecraft from the Moog Broad
Reach site in Golden, Colorado and then accessed from the Inmarsat Ground
Network via the Internet.
The terminal is designed to cope with the space environment and also the high
velocities associated with LEO spacecraft while acting as a "standard" BGAN
terminal. The major advantage of the system is that it utilises the
established and well-proven Inmarsat ground network. This allows an operator
to have real-time and continuous access to satellite telemetry and data using
a secure Internet connection with no dedicated ground segment.
"Approving a BGAN terminal for space use is a complex process and the
transatlantic team of Com DEV Europe, Moog and Inmarsat have worked hard to
prove that it can operate on the network without interfering with other
users," said Rob Spurrett, Managing Director of COM DEV Europe. "This major
milestone provides confidence that the SB-SAT technology is mature and with
flight units being available in 2014, we look forward to completing the
development and getting a first flight opportunity to prove the utility of
24/7 communications with LEO spacecraft for many different applications."
About COM DEV Europe
COM DEV Europe (CDE) is subsidiary of COM DEV International Ltd., a leading
global designer and manufacturer of space hardware subsystems. Founded in 1985
and based in Aylesbury, United Kingdom, CDE supplies complex equipment,
technology solutions and subsystems for space applications with equipment
supplied on over 85 space programmes. Its customer base includes all the major
space satellite providers as well as government institutions.
Moog Inc. is a worldwide designer, manufacturer, and integrator of precision
control components and systems. Moog high-performance systems control military
and commercial aircraft, satellites and space vehicles, launch vehicles,
missiles, automated industrial machinery, wind energy, marine and medical
equipment. Additional information about the company can be found at
Moog Broad Reach business unit, part of the company's Space and Defense Group,
develops hardware and software for spaceflight missions. Products include
spacecraft avionics, science payload electronics, communications transceivers,
GPS receivers for precision orbit determination and occultation science,
spacecraft flight software, ground control software, and mission simulation
systems. Learn more at www.broadreachengineering.com.
Inmarsat plc is the leading provider of global mobile satellite communications
services. Since 1979, Inmarsat has been providing reliable voice and
high-speed data communications to governments, enterprises and other
organizations, with a range of services that can be used on land, at sea or in
the air. Inmarsat employs around 1,600 staff in more than 60 locations around
the world, with a presence in the major ports and centres of commerce on every
continent. Inmarsat is listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: ISAT.L). For
more information, please visit www.inmarsat.com
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Company's new products, the level of individual customer procurements and
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SOURCE Com Dev International Ltd.
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Gary Calhoun Chief Financial Officer COM DEV International Tel: +1
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