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April 3rd, 2014

Superior Satellite Engineers, Viking Satcom + SES—A Proper Grounding For SES-6

[SatNews] Culminating a multi-year effort, Viking Satcom and Superior Satellite Engineers have begun deploying ground station equipment in support of SES’s new satellite at 40.5  degrees West—SES currently operates 55 satellites.

The new SES-6 satellite is unique in that it transmits in standard 3.7-4.2GHz and provides an additional 10 transponders at 4.5-4.8GHz, for a total capacity of 40 available transponders in dual Circular-Pol configuration that covers the Americas, Europe and Atlantic Ocean regions.  Current equipment shipments are for Mexico, Brazil and Peru with more Latin America countries expected to sign on in the near future.

Artistic rendition of the SES-6 satellite.

Image courtesy of
Airbus Defence & Space.

Superior Satellite Engineers, with electrical specifications and technical oversight provided by SES, developed a new Feed system that supports the modified  800MHz frequencies operations.   The LNB development and productions tasks were provided by Norsat of Canada under contract with Superior Satellite Engineers.  This new LNB accepts input frequencies of  3.625-4.8Ghz. The output frequencies are  900-1825MHz.  Complete electrical Specifications for the modified-frequencies Feedhorn and LNB are available at http://www.superiorsatelliteusa.com/.

Based on their extensive history of program management with SES and Superior Satellite Engineers, Viking Satcom of Albion, Michigan, was selected as prime contractor to coordinate equipment in support of SES’s antenna program associated with the new satellite.  “This is another exciting antenna program that combines efforts for SES and Superior Satellite Engineers and coordinated by Viking Satcom.  We look forward to our continued partnership with SES and Superior Satellite to deploy the satellite antennas and ancillary equipment for the new satellite” said Steve Pokornicki, Vice President at Viking Satcom. More information regarding Viking Satcom is available at http://www.vikingsatcom.com/