EMS To Supply Advanced Antenna
EMS Technologies [Nasdaq: ELMG] has received an authorization to proceed (ATP) on a navigation antenna for the Anik F1R spacecraft, currently in production at European manufacturer Astrium. A contract is to be signed in the third quarter of this year. Financial details were not disclosed. Anik F1R will be based on Astrium’s Eurostar 3000 bus, with a mass of about four metric tons when launched. It will carry 24 C-band and 32 Ku-band transponders. The satellite will be positioned at 107.3 degrees West Longitude, and will be owned and operated by Telesat Canada. The antenna will feature an L-Band multi-element direct radiating array. Delivery of the antenna is expected in 2004; the satellite is due for launch in 2005.