Skynet 5C - Triple Success for Astrium
Skynet 5C - Triple Success for Astrium
Astrium has completed the Skynet 5 military satellite communications fleet
with the successful launch of Skynet 5C – the third Skynet 5 satellite - from
Kourou, French Guiana on 12 June. Kourou, June 12, 2008.
Source : Astrium.
Successful launch completes Skynet 5 fleet
Third Ariane 5 launch from French Guiana this year
Paradigm providing enhanced services to UK MoD
François Auque, CEO of Astrium, said: “Completing the Skynet 5 fleet with the
successful launch of Skynet 5C is a remarkable milestone and I congratulate the
combined teams across Astrium. We are already providing significantly enhanced
services to the UK Ministry of Defence with Skynet satellites 5A and 5B, through
our subsidiary Paradigm, and Skynet 5C is the pinnacle achievement for this
François Auque, CEO d'Astrium
“It’s a triple success for Astrium. As prime contractor for the launcher Ariane
5, for the satellites, and also for the services provided, we have proved that
Astrium is well and truly capable of providing a world-class secure military
communications system from start to finish.”
Malcolm Peto, Managing Director of Paradigm said: "The Skynet 5 programme has
been carefully planned for more than 10 years with meticulous detail given to
delivering the best possible milsatcom services to the UK Ministry of Defence.
This latest success will ensure we continue to provide our customers with
nothing but the best – and I would like to thank all the individuals who
contributed to this fantastic achievement.”
Paradigm, part of Astrium Services, as owner and operator of the Skynet 5
system, is responsible for delivering secure communications services as part of
a service provision contract with the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) until 2020.
Following the successful launches of Skynet 5A in March 2007 and Skynet 5B in
November 2007, Paradigm is already providing enhanced secure services to the UK
Astrium Space Transportation is prime contractor for the Ariane 5 system,
responsible for the delivery of fully integrated and tested launch vehicles to
Astrium Satellites is responsible for the Skynet 5 satellites and the complete
communications system. Following launch, Skynet 5C, designed and built by
Astrium Satellites, will now undergo a period of intensive in-orbit testing of
both satellite and payload before moving to its operational position at 17.8°W.
Skynet 5C is the third satellite that completes the new constellation to meet
the UK MoD’s milsatcoms requirements.
Following the successful launch at 22.05 GMT, Skynet 5C is currently in its low
Earth orbit phase, which began with partial deployment of the solar panels.
Skynet 5C will then reach its geostationary orbit, followed by the deployment of
the UHF receivers and transmitters and a full testing programme will commence
before the first operations begin.
The achievements of the Skynet 5 programme are underpinned by effective
partnering between the MoD and industry. Paradigm, Astrium Satellites, Serco,
Logica, EADS DS and the MoD have worked together to make the project a success
for all the stakeholders.
Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and
defence space systems and services. In 2007, Astrium had a turnover of €3.5
billion and 12,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and
the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space
Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, and Astrium Satellites
for spacecraft and ground segment, and its wholly owned subsidiary Astrium
Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.
EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2007,
EADS generated revenues of €39.1 billion and employed a workforce of more than
Contacts for the media :
Matthieu Duvelleroy EADS Astrium (FR) -- Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77
75 80 32
Jeremy Close EADS Astrium (UK) -- Tel.: +44 (0)1438 77 38
Mathias Pikelj EADS Astrium (GER) -- Tel.: +49
(0)7545 8 91 23
Francisco Lechón EADS Astrium (ESP) -- Tel.: +34 (0) 91 586
Stanway Paradigm, Tel.: +44 (0) 1249 85 3754
- Paradigm –
Meeting all satellite communications requirements
Paradigm has a contract worth £3.6bn with the UK Ministry of
Defence (MoD) for the provision of military satellite communications services to
2020. The programme, procured as a Private Finance Initiative (PFI), provides
the next generation of UK Milsatcom capability. The Paradigm team includes
Astrium Satellites, the system designer and provider. For further information
In addition to complete X-band packages, Paradigm is able to
offer capacity, coverage augmentation, anchoring and back-haul services, as well
as terminal leasing.
From the outset, Paradigm planned for the Skynet 5 system to
be far more capable and larger than that required to meet the UK MoD
requirements. Paradigm is, therefore, able to offer services to other militaries
and government organisations and has supplied milsatcom services to NATO, the
Netherlands, Portugal, Canada, France, Germany, Australia and the US.
Paradigm's WelComE services enables service personnel to make
telephone calls and have access to the Internet from operational theatres
worldwide, as part of the MoD funded welfare package. Paradigm has provided over
3 million hours of welfare telephone calls and provides Internet and email
services that are free for use to all UK service personnel deployed on
A partner in the enterprise, EADS DS has delivered integral
elements of the new system including design, development and supply or
installation of the baseband network and encryption systems. Installed across
three UK sites, 38 naval vessels and 45 deployable ground stations, the baseband
network that EADS DS has developed comprises a number of bespoke solutions,
customising off-the-shelf platforms, and incorporating specific developments,
such as the Resilient Rate Adaptor (RRA) – that manages and prioritises the flow
of communication through the system, and Baseband Element Management Application
(BEMA) a configuration fault and performance reporting tool that supports
automatic, rapid provision of service/links in response to controller demand.
Three new encryption technologies were developed to ensure completely secure and
robust communications and EADS DS achieved on time delivery as promised three
years earlier. To meet this delivery timescale work started prior to contract
EADS Defence & Security (DS) is a systems solutions provider
for armed forces and civil security worldwide. Its portfolio ranges from sensors
and secure networks through missiles to aircraft and UAVs as well as global
security, service and support solutions. In 2007, DS – with around 22,000
employees – achieved revenues of € 5.5 billion.
Serco has been an integral part of the Paradigm team for
Skynet 5 since the award of the PFI Study Contract in 1999 and is a full member
of the Enterprise.
Serco provides spacecraft control, communications network
management and facilities management services, including staff deployed in
theatre in support of these services. In addition, Serco provides support to
Paradigm's welfare communications services, for deployed forces in operational
theatres around the world, enabling service men and women to maintain contact
Serco’s track record in the provision of such vital services
started over 40 years ago when the government entrusted it to maintain the
Ballistic Missile Early Warning System at RAF Fylingdales. From this landmark
contract, the company has established a strong reputation in the defence and
aerospace markets for reliability, innovation and successful long-term working
Serco is an international service company, which combines
commercial know-how with a deep public service ethos. It improves services by
managing people, processes, technology and assets more effectively. Serco’s
people offer operational, management and consulting expertise in the aerospace,
defence, health, home affairs, local government, nuclear, science, technology,
transport and commercial sectors.
Logica has developed the fully integrated Operational and
Business Support system for Skynet 5 containing over 1 million lines of code.
These systems demonstrate how commercial technology is at the centre of the
delivery of complex communications services to the UK Ministry of Defence. As
the prime contractor for the Skynet 5 software, Logica combines its extensive
commercial and defence expertise to undertake the development and operations of
the Skynet management system. With Skynet 5, the Logica systems allow Paradigm
to plan, manage and deliver a wide range of communication services.
Logica has worked with the MoD for nearly 40 years from the
business to the battlespace, and is the European leader in military satellite
communications ground systems.
Logica is a major international force in IT services. It
employs around 39,000 people across 36 countries. Logica’s focus is on enabling
its customers to build and maintain leadership positions using Logica’s deep
industry knowledge and its track record for successful delivery. The company
provides business consulting, systems integration and IT and business process
outsourcing across diverse markets including telecoms, financial services,
energy and utilities, industry, distribution and transport and the public sector.
More information is available from www.logica.com/uk