KSAT to Build LPGAN Ground Station for New Hiber Satellites
Dutch Hiber and Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) are teaming up to create a state-of-the-art and reliable ground station infrastructure for Hiber’s Low Power Global Area Network (LPGAN), named Hiberband, the companies announced today. The first two satellites of the Hiberband constellation (Hiber One and Hiber Two) will be launched in the last quarter of this year.
The new ground station network starts with a redundant network with two stations; one on top of Hiber’s Research and Development Centre in Delft, the Netherlands and one on Svalbard in Norway. The ground stations use motorized 4.5m Cobham S-band antennas, that will receive the data messages from Hiber’s satellites. Both stations also have UHF-VHF antennas for the constellation Telemetry, Tracking and Command (TT&C) and are connected to the Hiber Mission Control Centre in Delft. Both antenna systems are extremely robust and built to last for the coming decade.
Creating a global network of super-efficient, highly affordable satellites and modems, Hiber has selected KSAT as the ideal partner in this project. “As a global Internet of Things connectivity provider it is extremely important for Hiber to guarantee a high quality of service to our customers worldwide. We designed our ground station infrastructure therefore with built-in redundancy to provide a highly reliable service, and our partnership with KSAT provides that,” says Maarten Engelen, co-founder and CTO of Hiber.