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June 30th, 2019

Kongsberg Satellite Services Selected by NASA for Ground Station Services

Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has been selected by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to deliver ground station services for NASA's new satellites.

The agreement requires KSAT to expand its Pole to Pole network with high frequency Ka-band on Svalbard and in Punta Arenas. The contract greatly strengthens KSAT’s position as a supplier of ground station services.

Kongsberg's Tromsø satellite station.

The service for the period 2020 to 2023 is valued at 40 MNOK (4.4 MUSD) and for the period 2020 to  2037, the value is estimated at 132 MNOK (14.9 MUSD). The work will be coordinated from KSAT Tromsø Network Operations Centre (TNOC) located at the company head office in Tromsø.

KSAT provides services associated with both data reception and control of satellites in polar orbit. Stations in the Arctic (Svalbard) and the Antarctic (Troll) constitute the foundation of the firm's “Pole to Pole” concept, which makes possible the delivery of community-critical services, such as meteorological, every 50 minutes.

KSAT CEO, Rolf Skatteboe, said that this strategically important agreement shows we are world leading and the only actor capable of delivering operational services on Ka-band. This service will considerably increase bandwidth enabling NASA to transmit information faster and more reliably.