DLR, Thales Alenia Space and SES Develop Innovative Space-Based Air Traffic Control Monitoring System

  DLR, Thales Alenia Space and SES Develop Innovative Space-Based Air Traffic
  Control Monitoring System

Business Wire

LUXEMBOURG -- October 17, 2013

In the presence of the Luxembourg Minister of Higher Education and Research,
Mrs. Martine Hansen, and Prof. Hansjörg Dittus, Executive Board Member of the
German Aerospace Center (DLR), SES TechCom S.A., a subsidiary of SES S.A.
(NYSE Paris:SESG) (LuxX:SESG), today signed a long term agreement with its
strategic partners DLR and Thales Alenia Space Germany for the joint
development of the first European space-based Automatic Dependent Surveillance
Broadcast (ADS-B) constellation to monitor and optimize air traffic control
around the globe. The agreement follows the successful launch of the ADS-B
payload developed by DLR, which is currently operated on board the Proba V
satellite and continuously provides global ADS-B data to the mission
processing & analysis centre developed and operated by SES TechCom S.A.

Photo: SES Alan Kuresevic (SES TechCom), Prof. Hansjörg Dittus (DLR), Minister
Martine Hansen, Sven ...

Photo: SES Alan Kuresevic (SES TechCom), Prof. Hansjörg Dittus (DLR), Minister
Martine Hansen, Sven Carstensen (Thales Alenia Space), Gerhard Bethscheider
(SES TechCom), Jörg Berens (DLR) (Photo: Business Wire)

This pioneering payload developed by DLR will be followed by the in orbit
validation mission, which will demonstrate the full technical scope of
space-based ADS-B. The European Space Agency has contracted Thales Germany for
the development of this next generation ADS-B system, which is progressing on
schedule with strong participation of the Luxembourg space industry, such as
LuxSpace, with the TRITON micro-satellite platform to support the future
demonstration mission.

States Prof. Hansjörg Dittus, DLR: “The promising results of the proof of
concept mission demonstrate the potential of space-based ADS-B for global air
traffic monitoring and control, especially in areas not covered by
ground-based radar such as oceans or deserts. Aircraft will remain
continuously visible during their journeys around the globe by providing their
position, altitude, velocity vector and relevant telemetry data to ground
controllers and other suitably equipped planes on an automatic basis. The
agreement is in the interest of DLR and underlines the good relationship and
strong cooperation between the German and Luxembourgish space industry.”

Sven Carstensen, CEO Thales Alenia Space Germany, elaborated: “Putting ADS-B,
a field-proven terrestrial surveillance concept, onto satellites will further
enhance safety and efficiency of modern air traffic around the entire globe in
the foreseeable future. Combining European leaders’ competences and
capabilities in this promising technology will open and secure new business
opportunities for Europe worldwide. This will help us to master growing demand
for air transportation and to further reduce carbon dioxide emissions”.

Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director of SES TechCom S.A., added: “The
development of the space-based air traffic control is part of SES’ strategic
initiative to drive innovation in space and broadcasting technologies. Today´s
agreement bundles the ADS-B related know-how and core competencies of three
committed partners that have a reputation for excellence in space. It will
support the efficient knowledge transfer between the teams and therefore will
significantly shorten the development phase for a space-based ADS-B
constellation.”

Minister Martine Hansen concluded: “This agreement and the in-orbit
demonstration currently running on the PROBA-V mission would never have been
possible without Luxembourg’s membership in the European Space Agency. The
efforts pursued by the Luxembourg Government over the last 10 years in this
domain are starting to bear fruit and to lead to very innovative and promising
projects such as satellite-based ADS-B.”

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About SES:

SES is a world-leading satellite operator with a fleet of 54 geostationary
satellites. The company provides satellite communication services to
broadcasters, content and internet service providers, mobile and fixed network
operators and business and governmental organizations worldwide. SES stands
for long-lasting business relationships, high quality services 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 requirements. SES (NYSE Paris:SESG)
(LuxX:SESG) holds participations in Ciel in Canada and QuetzSat in Mexico, as
well as a strategic participation in the satellite infrastructure start-up O3b
Networks. Further information under: www.ses.com

About DLR:

DLR is the national aeronautics and space research centre of the Federal
Republic of Germany. Its extensive research and development work in
aeronautics, space, energy, transport and security is integrated into national
and international cooperative ventures. In addition to its own research, as
Germany’s space agency, DLR has been given responsibility by the federal
government for the planning and implementation of the German space programme.
DLR is also the umbrella organisation for the nation’s largest project
execution organisation.

DLR has approximately 7,400 employees at 16 locations in Germany: Cologne
(headquarters), Augsburg, Berlin, Bonn, Braunschweig, Bremen, Goettingen,
Hamburg, Juelich, Lampoldshausen, Neustrelitz, Oberpfaffenhofen, Stade,
Stuttgart, Trauen, and Weilheim. DLR also has offices in Brussels, Paris,
Tokyo and Washington D.C.

About Thales Alenia Space Deutschland:

Subsidiary of Thales Alenia Space,Thales Alenia Space Deutschland GmbH is a
carve-out of Thales Air Systems GmbH the worldwide leader in ground based
navigation aids (NAVAIDS) for Air Traffic Management (ATM) based in Stuttgart.
Over the past 15 years this team, being located in Germany, has built up
outstanding experience in the fields of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite
Systems) and ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance - Broadcast). Numerous
contributions have been provided to ESA, EC as well as to National funded
studies, since the early days of GNSS and ADS-B. Thales Alenia Space
Deutschland as contributed to the success of EGNOS, and is responsible for the
Ground Mission Segment Assembly, Integration, Validation and Qualification
activities as part of the Galileo program.

Thales Alenia Space Deutschland has extensive project management capabilities
of large, complex multi-national programs as well as software and algorithm
developments expertise. An important part of its core business consists of the
development of safety critical and certifiable systems.

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