SES Government Solutions to Support FAA Uplink Requirements

Global satellite solutions provider SES Government Solutions (SES GS) will support the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) Wide Area Augmentation System (WAAS) on the ground as well as in space.

SESLogoOn August 31, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems announced its selection of SES GS to build two GEO Uplink Subsystem stations to support the next generation of the WAAS network. The data transmitted by the uplink stations will improve the accuracy, integrity and availability of the GPS signals intended to enable aircraft to rely on GPS for all phases of flight, including precision approaches to airports within the coverage area.

“SES GS is proud to expand our partnership with Raytheon and the FAA beyond the SES-15 hosted payload to include development, delivery and operations of the ground uplink stations,” said Corporate Vice President of Development, Tim Deaver.

SES GS was awarded the contract to include a WAAS hosted payload on its SES-15 satellite in April 2015. The uplink stations will be built on existing teleport facilities in Washington and California. All ground equipment installation will be completed prior to SES-15’s anticipated launch in the first half of 2017.

SES Provides Satellite Communications Training to the Andean Community
SES launched this year’s annual training for the Andean Community as part of the company’s strategy to provide worldwide training, bringing together broadcast communities and growing the future digital ecosystem.

SES-10, the new Ku-band satellite, is expected to launch next year and will use the 67 degrees West orbital slot to provide coverage to Latin America and the Caribbean, including member countries of the Andean Community (Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru).

The specifically designed beam of SES-10, combined with its optimum elevation angle, represents a unique proposition for the Andean Community’s telecommunications operators, broadcasters and service providers. A total of 15 delegates from the Community, representing each Member State, and the General Secretariat of the Andean Community, arrived at the SES headquarters in Betzdorf, Luxembourg, today for the five-day training session.

“The training will enable member countries of the Andean Community to optimise SES-10’s coverage,” said Gerhard Bethscheider, Managing Director at SES Techcom Services, a wholly-owned subsidiary of SES which is in charge of the training. “By interacting directly with our experts, the delegates will develop their knowledge and gain a deep insight into the workings of a satellite. These sessions will also open the doors for potential future partnerships between the Andean Community and SES in areas like disaster response communications and e-health.”

As with the first training held last September, the new group of participants will start with an introductory overview of the satellite communications industry and then be taken through a series of sessions that cover the lifecycle of a satellite.

Technical, operational, business and regulatory matters will all be covered. Participants will conclude the training with a hands-on exercise, where they will apply their newly-acquired knowledge to design a value proposition and business model for a satellite network.

“We pride ourselves on going beyond the technical provision of satellite capacity to enable our customers and their end-users to utilize our technology, bringing social and economic benefits to both the Andean Community and Latin America,” added Bethscheider. “This is one of a number of sessions we plan to host in the near future to bring together broadcast communities in different corners of the world and help grow our ecosystem.”

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