Saab Ericsson Space delivers frequency converters for mobile satellite system Thuraya on record time

Saab Ericsson Space delivers frequency converters for mobile satellite
system Thuraya on record time

Saab Ericsson Space has delivered payload equipment for Thuraya D3 to
Boeing Satellite Systems in the USA. The Thuraya satellite system is
operated by Thuraya Satellite Telecommunications Company of UAE. The
system is the first successful direct-to-mobile satellite communication
system.

"Our deliveries to D3 have been made on record time thanks to our very
dedicated project team. The customer is very pleased with our
performance", Says Göran Forslund, the Saab Ericsson Space project
manager.

The Thuraya mobile satellite system gives users access to wireless
voice and data links in a very large service area comprising Europe,
North and Central America, the Middle East and Central and South Asia.
Coverage is equally given at sea in these areas. The handsets that are
somewhat larger than normal cellphones, include functions to use the
terrestrial GSM network when available and includes a GPS receiver for
positioning.

The satellites as well as the entire system is built by Boeing Satellite
Systems in El Segundo, California. The satellites include a very large
antenna (12,25 meters diameter) that can be used to adapt satellite
capacity to local traffic variations. Saab Ericsson Space has supplied C-
band Frequency Converters to the satellite payloads of three different
types.


Saab Ericsson Space is an international, independent supplier of space
equipment. The company's main products are computers, microwave
electronics and antennas, control and separation systems, and thermal
insulation material for use onboard satellites and launch vehicles. The
company has its headquarters in Gothenburg, Sweden, a division located
in Linköping, Sweden, and subsidiaries in Austria (Austrian Aerospace)
and the USA (Saab Ericsson Space Inc). Saab Ericsson Space has
approximately 600 employees, 420 of whom in Gothenburg.

The company is jointly owned by Saab and Ericsson.

For further information please contact:
Lars Nordfeldt, Director Communications & Public Affairs
Phone: +46 (0)31-735 4312, Cellular: +46 (0)703-668 03 12, Fax: +46
(0)31-735 45 00

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