Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) has signed a MNOK 618 contract with Space Norway for the delivery of ground station services to provide satellite-based broadband in the Arctic.
The contract is related to Space Norway’s newly announced cooperation with the satellite operator Inmarsat and the Norwegian Ministry of Defense to offer mobile broadband coverage in the Arctic. The two satellites related to this cooperation are scheduled to be launched by SpaceX in 2022. The 15 year service agreement covers ground station and spacecraft operations and requires KSAT to expand with both capacity and antennas in the Tromsø-region in Northern Norway.
This award is an important milestone for Kongsberg Satellite Services. Providing broadband to the strategically important Arctic region demonstrates that we are world leading provider of satellite ground stations and services. This is an important step in ensuring we are a preferred partner for next generation space missions, says Eirik Lie, President in Kongsberg Defense and Aerospace.
This contract is of high strategical, as well as financial importance for the development of KSAT. The contract confirms KSAT’s very strong position in this new space market and expands our offerings further, says Rolf Skatteboe, President KSAT.
Kongsberg (OSE-ticker: KOG) is an international, knowledge-based group delivering high technology systems and solutions to clients within the oil and gas industry, merchant marine, defense and aerospace. Kongsberg has close to 11,000 employees located in 40 countries.