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SES Government Solutions Wins U.S. Thule Air Base Connectivity Contract

By | July 20, 2021

An aerial view of radar domes at the 3rd Detachment, 3rd Space Support Wing facilities at Thule Air Base.

SES Government Solutions (GS) has won a new deal with the U.S. Space Force in Greenland, the company announced July 19. The operator’s U.S.-based government business will support the Thule Air Base in Greenland with critical communications capabilities, in a contract worth close to $15 million.

Thule Air Base is the U.S. Space Force’s northernmost base, and the northernmost installation of the U.S. Armed Forces, located 750 miles north of the Arctic Circle and 947 miles from the North Pole.

The SES GS solution leverages C-band technology, which is designed to be highly resilient to weather effects, and provide a dedicated reachback beam leveraging single hop connectivity directly to the user site. The SES GS solution also aims to provide redundancy at all levels, to include antennas, uplink and downlink telemetry, ground infrastructure, and restoration capabilities.

“We are proud to provide satellite communications support for this critical mission. Thule Air Base is the Department of Defense’s northernmost installation, and this program continues to serve as a great example of the importance of our capability to deliver the critical intelligence data to military decision makers,” President and CEO of SES Government Solutions, Brigadier General Pete Hoene, USAF (retired), said in a statement.