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Kongsberg Satellite Services will deliver services to NASA

18 August 2017. Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has signed an expanded contract extension for satellite ground services to the National Aeronautic and Space Administration (NASA).

KSAT will deliver operations support and data collection from the US meteorological satellites S-NPP and JPSS. The agreement has a frame value of 43,8 MUSD (approx. 360 MNOK) for the period 2017-2022.

The services will be delivered from the Svalbard Ground Station in Norway and Troll Ground Station in Queen Maud Land. The activities are coordinated from KSAT Tromsø Network Operation Center (TNOC), located at the company headquarters in Tromsø, Norway.

This is a fixed price contract for the period 2017 – 2022. The maximum value, including all options, is approximately $43.8 million (approx. 360 MNOK). Including this contract KSAT’s order backlog is approx. NOK 2,8 billion (not recognized in KONGSBERG’s reported backlog due to accounting practices).

KSAT provides services related to both data reception from and control of satellites in polar orbits. The ground station in the Arctic (Svalbard) and Antarctica (Troll) are the core elements in the stations “pole-to-pole” concept enabling data reception from critical environmental satellites every 50 minutes.

The contract strengthens the company’s position as the worlds leading provider of satellite operations services.

KSAT is a commercial satellite centre owned 50% by KONGSBERG and 50% by the Department of Trade and Industry through Space Norway. KSAT is situated in Tromsø, Norway, with ground stations located at 15 different locations world wide, including Tromsø, Svalbard, Dubai, South Africa, Singapore, Mauritius and the Antarctic. KSAT operates more than 120 antenna installations and supports approximately 100 different satellite systems more than 30 000 times per month. KSAT is immaculately located for both TT&C (Telemetri tracking & Control), launch support, as well as data reception and near real time Earth Observation services.