Saab Ericsson Space gets order for Galaxy 17 telecom satellite

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October 5, 2004 CU 04:069 E

Saab Ericsson Space gets order for Galaxy 17 telecom satellite

Saab Ericsson Space AB in Gothenburg, Sweden, has received an order for
a Command and Data handling system intended for the Galaxy 17 satellite
built by Alcatel Space in Cannes, France.

"This is Alcatels 50: th Spacebus satellite. We have been supporting
every delivery of their Spacebus 3000 series of satellites with our
reliable Command and Data Handling Systems", says Bengt Mörtberg,
president and CEO of Saab Ericsson Space. "We are happy to be able to
contribute to the continued strong market demand for Alcatel´s telecom

This order is for a slightly modified version of the system now produced
for Alcatel since many years. Some new and enhanced security features
will be added.

Command and Data Handling Systems represent one of Saab Ericsson Space
strongest product niches. In total, the company has delivered more than
70 systems, to both commercial and institutional programs. Of these
systems, more than 40 have been delivered for use on Spacebus platforms.
Saab Ericsson Space also supplies systems to Alcatel´s medium-size
platform Proteus, a scientific platform first used for the TOPEX-
Poseidon/Jason 1 radar altimeter mission, a cooperation effort between

Galaxy 17 is the latest acquisition of new satellite capacity by the
well-known operator PanAmSat. Galaxy 17 will be the very first European-
built satellite in PanAmSats fleet. The satellite will service North
America with television and telephone transmissions, using a payload of
24 Ku-band and 24 C-band transponders. The satellite will have a lift-
off mass of 4100 kg and will have solar panel power of 9.5 kW at start
of service. The design life is 15 years.

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 530 employees. The company is jointly
owned by Saab and Ericsson.

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


Central unit of the system, CDMU


Remote Terminal Unit of the system (one of two similar units)

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