GovSat

CORE BUSINESS

GovSat is a satellite operator and service provider. It is a public-private joint venture between the Luxembourg government and SES, the world-leading satellite operator. Its mission is to provide secure, reliable and accessible satellite communication services for governments – addressing the demand for connectivity resulting from defence and civilian security applications. Dedicated entirely to governmental and institutional users, the GovSat-1 satellite features high-powered fully-steerable spot beams and an X-band Global beam. It is equipped with anti-jamming features, encrypted telemetry and control, and uses assured frequencies. This enables an array of applications such as connectivity for theatres of operation, interconnection of institutional or defence sites, border control, ISR, as well as various types of communications for air, land and maritime missions.

PRODUCTS & SERVICES

GovSat’s portfolio of services covers key fields of expertise: capacity and coverage, anchor and teleport services, secure hosting solution and end-to-end solution offerings.

On the capacity side, GovSat-1 is a secure satellite capability featuring high-powered fully-steerable spot beams in X and Mil Ka-Band, and a Global X-Band beam. It is equipped with anti-jamming features, encrypted telemetry and control (TT&C), and is offered on a non-preemptible basis. Due to its orbital position at 21.5° East, GovSat-1’s coverage reaches from 50°W to 90°E and 70°N to 70°S. GovSat offers capacity for short and long-term lease from MHz, transponders through to beams with full steering rights in X and Mil Ka-Band.

The architecture of GovSat-1 allows flexibility on how to anchor the traffic. Customers can use their own anchor facilities or the GovSat’s high resilience anchoring service, as prime or back-up. It is also possible to offer access to other partners’ teleports within the footprint.

TECHNICAL MEANS

GovSat-1 is positioned at the 21.5 East Orbital position with coverage areas spreading over Europe, Middle East, Africa and South West Asia with maritime coverage for the Atlantic, Baltic, Mediterranean and Indian Oceans.

The satellite has a so-called “global X-band beam” and fully steerable X- and mil Ka-band spot beams that will provide communication capabilities within the mission area as well as back to the associated headquarters. This means that the satellite coverage area can be fully adapted to the requirements of the user.

GovSat-1 features high-powered fully-steerable spot beams, an X-band Global beam and a total of sixty-eight transponder equivalent units. It is equipped with anti-jamming features, encrypted telemetry and control, and uses assured frequencies.

MAIN CUSTOMERS

GovSat is a new satellite communications capability dedicated to governmental and institutional users. It addresses the demands for connectivity resulting from defence and civilian security applications.

MAJOR SPACE PROJECTS

GovSat-1 was launched in January 2018 and is operational since March 2018.

Lifetime: >15 years

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