Cobham SATCOM to build Thuraya 4-NGS ground system

TAMPA, Fla. — Emirati fleet operator Yahsat has picked non-public equity-owned Cobham SATCOM to construct the bottom system for its next-generation Thuraya 4-NGS satellite tv for pc.

Airbus Defence and House is constructing the satellite tv for pc for Yahsat’s Thuraya cell voice and information connectivity subsidiary, with a launch on a SpaceX Falcon 9 slated for the second half of 2023. 

Denmark-based Cobham SATCOM will develop Thuraya 4-NGS floor infrastructure and terminals for its narrowband mobility providers.

Yahsat mentioned Sept. 9 that Cobham SATCOM can even combine end-to-end options to develop Thuraya’s army, authorities and enterprise buyer bases throughout land, maritime and aeronautical verticals.

Cobham SATCOM is owned by U.S.-based non-public fairness agency Introduction Worldwide, which acquired its dad or mum group Cobham for about $5 billion final yr.

The Danish group additionally offers satellite tv for pc communications tools to U.Ok-based Inmarsat and Iridium of the U.S., Thuraya’s fundamental opponents within the L-band cell satellite tv for pc providers (MSS) market.

“Right now is monumental for Cobham SATCOM,” Cobham SATCOM CEO Leif Ottosson mentioned in a press release. “It marks a brand new and progressive partnership with Yahsat, reinforces our place as a number one MSS infrastructure and terminal supplier and shall be important to evolving satellite tv for pc communications.”

Yahsat pointed to information from Utilized Market Analysis analysts in its announcement, which mentioned the worth of the worldwide satellite tv for pc information providers market is heading in the right direction to develop from $5 billion to greater than $19 billion by 2027.

Publicly listed Yahsat lately mentioned it expects Thuraya 4-NGS to generate $47 million a yr in income over its 15-year design life, after coming into service in 2024.

Thuraya 4-NGS will substitute two Boeing-built L-band voice and information satellites that proceed to be in service regardless of exceeding their design life.

Sister firm enlargement

House-compatible electronics provider CAES, which was additionally a part of Introduction’s acquisition however was made a stand-alone U.S. firm amid a push into the federal government market, has unveiled extra enlargement plans.

Arlington, Virginia-based CAES mentioned it’ll add a devoted 1700 sq. foot laboratory to its Exeter, New Hampshire, facility subsequent yr to 3D-print waveguides and antenna designs licensed from Swissto12, the Switzerland-based additive manufacturing specialist.

Along with satellites, the corporate mentioned these 3D-printed waveguides can be utilized on the bottom for digital warfare purposes. 

CAES mentioned it has acquired curiosity from nationwide safety clients for its 3D-printed choices.

Business megaconstellations are additionally a goal marketplace for the 3D-printed wave kind guides and antennas. CAES is supplying expertise for OneWeb’s megaconstellation, though this doesn’t but embody the licensed Swissto12 designs. 

CAES and Swissto12 cast an alliance in April to deliver Switzerland’s 3D-printed satellite tv for pc RF expertise to the U.S. market.

“CAES’ funding in Additive Manufacturing is a direct response to our clients’ next-generation design challenges for rugged, ever-smaller, and sophisticated components,” CAES chief expertise officer David Younger mentioned in a press release.

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