Saab Ericsson Space wins equipment order for Aeolus Laser Radar Satellite

Saab Ericsson Space wins equipment order for Aeolus Laser Radar
Satellite

Saab Ericsson Space AB has received an authorisation by EADS Astrium
GmbH in Germany to start work on the worlds first satellite to measure
global winds using satellite instrumentation.

"This authorisation confirms our position as a leading supplier of Data
Handling Systems and antennas for spacecraft. We offer our customers
reliable products that have a strong heritage combined with state-of-the-
art performance" says Bengt Mörtberg, president and CEO of Saab Ericsson
Space.

The Aeolus satellite carries one major instrument, the ALADIN
(Atmospheric LAser Doppler lidar Instrument). This instrument will
measure global winds and give three-dimensional maps over wind speed and
wind direction. The data will enhance the Numerical Weather Prediction
models meterologists use and thereby enable better precision and longer
term predictions. The instrument will also give information on clouds
and aerosols. The satellite, built under contract of ESA with EADS
Astrium Ltd. in Great Britain, will be launched in October 2007 and will
travel in a 400 km orbit. The satellite is designed to have a three-year
life in orbit and is expected to be followed by more spacecraft in the
future for operational use. The ALADIN instrument will be built by EADS
Astrium SAS in Toulouse, France.

Saab Ericsson Space will supply the Command and Data Handling Unit of
the satellite platform. This unit will to a high degree be based on the
design that is being worked on for the Pleiades earth observation
program succeeding SPOT. The unit handles communication with ground
control stations and thus receives commands to control the satellite and
delivers information on the health status of the different units in the
satellite. The system also takes care of the satellites position and
orientation in orbit.
Saab Ericsson Space will also deliver antennas for communication on S-
band frequencies and antennas for instrument data downlinking at X-band
frequency.
Saab Ericsson Space will for these deliveries be under contracts to be
signed shortly with EADS Astrium GmbH in Friedrichshafen, Germany.

Saab Ericsson Space is an international, independent supplier of space
equipment. The company's main products are computers, microwave
electronics and antennas for spacecraft and adapters and separation
systems for launchers. 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 520 employees.The company is jointly
owned by Saab and Ericsson.

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For further information please contact:
Lars Nordfeldt, Director Communications & Public Affairs
Tel: +46 (0)31-735 4312, Cellular: +46 (0)736-68 03 12,
Fax: +46 (0)31-735 45 00

For further information on the project, please visit ESA's webpage at:
http://www.esa.int/export/esaLP/aeolus.html



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