Saab Ericsson Space delivers frequency converters for Hughes' Spaceway
Saab Ericsson Space has delivered equipment for Hughes Network Systems'
Spaceway, the next generation broadband system via satellite. The system
consists of three satellites made by Boeing Satellite Systems and is the
first of its kind for extremely high frequencies (Ka-band). The
satellites will provide North America with wireless two-way
communication for data, Internet and multimedia.
"Delivering equipment for Ka-band payloads is a major milestone for us.
Expertise in this frequency band is an important asset for the future.
We are grateful that the world's largest satellite manufacturer, Boeing,
has displayed this confidence in us", says Bengt Mörtberg, President of
Saab Ericsson Space.
Hughes Network Systems, the ordering client and operator, has invested
USD 1.8 billion in order to offer broadband network connections to
Enterprise users. Companies are offered opportunities for video
conferencing, telemedical applications and interactive education, to
name a few examples. Capacity utilization can be varied through
bandwidth-on-demand, with data download of up to 50 Megabits per second
(Mbps) while uploading can be done at 16 Mbps.
The Spaceway satellites have a capacity about 8 times higher than
today's satellites, thanks to technology which apart from broadband
performance, also entails having a digital 'switchboard' onboard and an
antenna that can be adapted to the traffic load and geographical
customer distribution at any given moment. The first satellite will be
launched early next year from the Pacific Ocean. Spaceway has global
access to Ka-band's spectrum, and further expansion of the system is
therefore expected if the planned financial success is achieved.
Saab Ericsson Space has delivered Upconverters, which convert signals
from the baseband (20-480 MHz) to the satellite's downlink frequency at
20 GHz (Ka-band).
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.
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