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January 24th, 2017

Av-Comm Antennas to Upgrade Australia's Bureau of Meteorology

Av-Comm has been awarded a multi-antenna contract by the Australian Bureau of Meteorology to refurbish and upgrade four 3.7 meter Earth station satellite antennas at their Crib Point facility in regional Victoria.

The contract includes refurbishment of the existing 3.7 meter parabolic antennas and feedhorns as well as the installation of solid state antenna controls and satellite tracking equipment. Once upgraded, the 3.7 meter antennas will form part of a network of antennas used to range the Chinese operated Feng Yun constellation of weather satellites orbiting in geostationary orbit. The ranging conducted at the Crib Point facility is used to pinpoint the location in three dimensions in real time providing critical information to the constellation’s TT&C.

In addition to the ranging activities, the antennas will be used for the downlinking of raw weather information and imagery used by the Bureau to make periodic weather predictions for a wide variety of stakeholders. The contract represents a significant milestone for Av-Comm who, in recent years, has built itself to be one of Australia’s leading suppliers of SATCOM solutions and services in the APAC region.

Av-Comm is an Australia based satellite communications infrastructure and services provider established for more than 35 years. Av-Comm actively serves the broadcast, enterprise, and government SATCOM markets with active projects and services in six countries.

The Bureau of Meteorology is Australia’s national weather, climate and water agency whose expertise and services assist Australians in dealing with the harsh realities of their natural environment, including drought, floods, fires, storms, tsunami and tropical cyclones. Through regular forecasts, warnings, monitoring and advice spanning the Australian region and Antarctic territory, the Bureau provides one of the most fundamental and widely used services of the Australian government.