Telespazio Nabs Six Contracts Worth a Combined $146 Million

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PARIS — Satellite ground systems and Earth observation services provider Telespazio on Feb. 16 announced it had won six contracts worth a combined 112.1 million euros ($146 million).

The biggest of the contracts, valued at 86 million euros, is a five-year agreement with the French space agency, CNES, and launch services provider Arianespace to provide telemetry, control and telecommunications services for five years at Europe’s Guiana Space Center spaceport.

Under a second contract, valued at 4 million euros, Telespazio will manage the spaceport’s Diane tracking and telemetry station for the 19-nation European Space Agency (ESA).

Under a third contract, also with ESA and valued at 10 million euros over three years, Telespazio will provide logistics support for ESA’s Estrack network of satellite tracking stations, as well as maintenance and operations of two of the facilities.

The fourth and fifth contracts were won by Telespazio’s e-Geos Earth observation services subsidiary and valued at 9.6 million euros and call for e-Geos to provide the European Commission and European government authorities with maps and other geospatial information on areas affected by emergencies.

Under a sixth contract with Brazilian telecommunications operator Oi and valued at 2.5 million euros, Telespazio will provide a satellite backup network for the Banco do Brasil.

Telespazio said it had also signed two contracts with mobile satellite services provider Inmarsat of London. Under the first, Telespazio wil host a ground station for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress Ka-band service at Telespazio’s Fucino, Italy, facility. The second contract is a four-year extension of services for Inmarsat’s Broadband Global Area Network (BGAN) L-band mobile satellite service, also from Fucino. Financial terms were not disclosed.