SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS), a leading National Security Solutions provider, announced today that Thaicom Public Company Limited (Thaicom), Thailand’s satellite operator, awarded Kratos Integral Systems International (Kratos ISI) contracts for a Satellite Control Center (SCC) and a Tracking, Telemetry and Command (TT&C) Station. Both will support the new Thaicom 8 satellite. The projects, which are direct contracts with Thaicom, were awarded to Kratos under two separate procurements.
Scheduled for a first half 2016 launch, Thaicom 8 will have a total of 24 Ku-band transponders covering Thailand, South Asia and Africa and will serve customers’ needs for increased Ku-band capacity. Thaicom 8 is a GeoStar2 telecommunications satellite built by Orbital ATK. This will be the 16th Orbital ATK GeoStar satellite that Kratos ISI has supported.
Kratos ISI will deliver a complete satellite control system for Thaicom 8 based on Kratos’ EPOCH® command and control and OASYS® flight dynamics solutions, which are the flagship products of the EPOCH IPSTM Integrated Product Suite. EPOCH IPS is an all-in-one satellite fleet management system with the ability to simultaneously control multiple satellites from different manufacturers from a single consolidated system. EPOCH IPS presents a more efficient and economical alternative to costly stove-piped command and control systems and provides Thaicom a control platform that can scale to support any future satellite fleet expansion needs.
The TT&C station, provided by the Kratos ISI UK team, will be the primary TT&C earth station for Thaicom 8 and will include an 11m C-Band turning head antenna with a monopulse tracking system and fully redundant RF system. The antenna offers continuous wide-angle steering combined with high-accuracy pointing and tracking from its precision drives system, while the RF system is fully frequency-agile. As such, the system will support both nominal on-station and emergency TT&C operations.
“We are very honored by the trust Thaicom has shown in the quality of our products and services as well as our ability to provide the end-to-end satellite ground system that will help ensure safe and efficient operations of the Thaicom 8 satellite,” said James Kramer, Senior Vice President at Kratos ISI. “It was an important milestone for Kratos ISI as we continue to support the Asian satellite market.”
For more than 30 years, Kratos ISI has been the leading provider of satellite control systems, supporting more than 300 missions with successful installations on five continents. Kratos ISI offers turnkey ground segment solutions encompassing C2, RF/IF equipment, satellite and terrestrial communications signal monitoring systems, equipment and network management and payload management solutions. For more information, visit www.Kratos-ISI.com and www.Kratos-ISI.uk.com.
Due to competitive, customer related and other considerations, no additional information is being provided related to these contract awards.
About Kratos Defense & Security Solutions
Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (Nasdaq:KTOS) is a specialized National Security technology Company providing mission critical products, solutions and services for United States National Security. Kratos' core capabilities are sophisticated engineering, manufacturing and system integration offerings for National Security platforms and programs. Kratos' areas of expertise include Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Combat Systems, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C5ISR), satellite communication systems, electronic warfare, unmanned systems, missile defense, cyber warfare, cybersecurity, information assurance, and critical infrastructure security. Kratos has primarily an engineering and technically oriented work force of approximately 3,600. Substantially all of Kratos' work is performed on a military base, in a secure facility or at a critical infrastructure location. Kratos' primary end customers are National Security related agencies. News and information are available at www.KratosDefense.com.
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