SED Systems To Provide Satellite Control Services For Ciel-2
[12-12-07 – Satellite Today] SED Systems will expand its satellite control center in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to provide tracking, telemetry and control operations for the Ciel-2 satellite, Ciel Satellite Group announced Dec. 11.
Ciel-2, manufactured by Alcatel Alenia Space, will be the first satellite for Ciel. The Ku-band spacecraft, which will provide communications services throughout Canada and North America, is scheduled to be launched in the 2008 fourth quarter.
“SED offered us the best quality proposal, and their experience operating low-Earth spacecraft gave us complete confidence in their ability to monitor and control Ciel-2,” Dave Lewis, President and CEO of Ciel, said in a statement. “We are keen on SED because of their potential to cost-effectively expand operations to support future Ciel spacecraft.”
The ground for the center will be broken in March and is expected to be completed by the end of summer.