Telesat names Lightspeed landing station partner

Telesat names Lightspeed landing station partner

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Telesat is to deploy Cobham SATCOM 3-axis TRACKER 4000 terminals for its Lightspeed landing station network.

The agreement between the two will see Cobham SATCOM manufacture, integrate, and install advanced Ka-band tracking antennas at Telesat’s sites throughout the world.

As visible in the image, the antennas are radome-protected – radome being a portmanteau of radar and dome – to secure carrier-grade performance and protect the equipment from weather conditions.

The landing station terminals are based on Cobham SATCOM’s TRACKER Gateway series and are described as offering "industry-leading performance, high reliability, and low total cost of ownership".

“Cobham SATCOM’s innovative antenna technology delivers robust, resilient and highly-efficient performance with compelling economics,” said Aneesh Dalvi, Telesat’s director of LEO landing stations and user terminals.

“The low power consumption of the TRACKER antennas provides significant financial benefits, and is well-aligned with Telesat Lightspeed objectives to provide best-in-class enterprise-grade connectivity while reducing the carbon footprint of our system and maintaining a green and sustainable planet.”

Telesat’s telecom, enterprise, maritime and aviation customer terminals will connect to the Telesat Lightspeed satellites that carry the user traffic through the mesh space network to Cobham landing stations deployed around the world.

There will be multiple TRACKER antennas at each landing station along with the baseband, network and control systems. The ptations will connect user traffic to PoPs for telecom networks, internet and cloud services, and will support private interconnection for customer networks.

“I am extremely proud that we have been selected by Telesat for this critical element of Telesat Lightspeed”, said Leif Ottosson, CEO of Cobham SATCOM.

“It underscores the strong relationship forged between Telesat and Cobham SATCOM over many years. In combining our extensive heritage in tracking technologies and experience developing antenna systems for multiple non-geostationary satellite systems, we are excited by the opportunity to install our TRACKER terminals across the global landing station network, and to help enable Telesat’s next-generation services for commercial, defence and government customers worldwide.”


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