Saab Ericsson Space wins order worth 120 MSEK for Pleiades Command and Data Handling System development

Saab Ericsson Space wins order worth 120 MSEK for Pleiades Command and
Data Handling System development

Saab Ericsson Space AB has received an order from EADS Astrium in
Toulouse, France to develop the command and data handling system for the
Pleiades satellites, next generation of earth observation satellites
following the successful SPOT series. The order value is 120 Million
SEK.

"This order proves that our systems are world class and that our
accomplishments in the SPOT program were highly appreciated", says Bengt
Mörtberg, president and CEO of Saab Ericsson Space.

Pleiades, under prime contract of EADS Astrium, are smaller, cheaper and
more agile satellites than the SPOT generation which has been in
uninterrupted service since 1986. Pleiades will deliver images with a
resolution of less than a meter compared to 2.5 meters for SPOT 5. The
Pleiades satellites will have a launch mass around a ton compared to
three tonnes for SPOT 5 and will consume half the power compared to its
predecessors.

Saab Ericsson Space will supply the Command and Data Handling Unit of
the satellite platform. This equipment is highly integrated with high
data processing capabilities. It 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 will be the first to adapt to a new open standard
specification for future satellite platforms for Earth Observation from
EADS Astrium.

Pleiades is like SPOT managed by the French Space Agency, the CNES, and
supported by Sweden's National Space Board. The first Pleiades launch is
planned for 2008 and the second for 2009.

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

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