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Norway’s Kongsberg To Supply Space Electronics To Astranis For Satellite Telemetry Interface

Image courtesy of the European Space Agency (ESA).

Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace AS (Kongsberg) will supply communications equipment (TC and R) to Astranis Space Technologies Corp. 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 and 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,” said Ingelin Dropping, Executive Vice President Space and Surveillance at Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace AS.

“Since 2009, Kongsberg has provided communication equipment (TC and R) to a number of satellite operators and platforms. For a total of 25 programmes, 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,” said Ellen Tuset, Programme Director Space Electronics at Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace AS.

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