The landing stations will be based on Cobham's Tracker Gateway series, with multiple Ka-band antennas depending on the topography.
Telesat and Cobham SATCOM have signed an agreement to deploy high-performance Cobham SATCOM 3-axis Tracker 4000 terminals for the Telesat Lightspeed Landing Station network.
Under the terms of the agreement, Cobham SATCOM will manufacture, integrate, and install advanced Ka-band tracking antennas at Telesats sites throughout the world, and provide long-term logistics and maintenance support. The radome-protected antennas will provide accurate tracking in the most adverse weather conditions, ensuring high availability and throughput for carrier-grade performance. Based on Cobham SATCOMs Tracker Gateway series, the Landing Station terminals offer industry-leading performance, high reliability, and low total cost of ownership.
Commenting on the partnership, Aneesh Dalvi, Telesats Director of LEO Landing Stations and User Terminals, said: “Cobham SATCOMs innovative antenna technology delivers robust, resilient and highly-efficient performance with compelling economics. 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.”
Leif Ottosson, CEO at Cobham SATCOM, added: “I am extremely proud that we have been selected by Telesat for this critical element of Telesat Lightspeed. 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 Telesats next-generation services for commercial, defence and government customers worldwide.”
Telesats 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 Landing Stations deployed globally. Each Telesat Lightspeed Landing Station will host multiple Tracker antennas, along with the baseband, network and control systems. The Landing Stations will connect user traffic to Points-of-Presences for telecom networks, internet and cloud services, and will support private interconnection for customer networks.
Cobham SATCOM will integrate the Tracker antennas with baseband modems from SatixFy, to enable the Telesat Lightspeed network to provide 15 Tbps of global network capacity. Up to four Tracker antennas may be simultaneously pointed at each Telesat Lightspeed satellite, allowing efficient use of satellite capacity and very high customer throughput in both forward and return directions.