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Kratos Awarded Carrier Monitoring System Contract for NewSat's Jabiru-1 Satellite

Feb. 17, 2015

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. announced that its SAT Corporation (SAT) subsidiary was awarded a contract to design, manufacture, install, test and deliver a carrier monitoring system by NewSat Limited.

The system will include Monics(R) with SAT-DSP from SAT. Monics, the industry's leading carrier monitoring solution (CMS), will give NewSat the ability to monitor payload traffic and to detect and analyze RF interference, even if that interference is hiding within the main carrier. Powered by SAT's DSP technology supporting high-speed measurements with 80MHz of instantaneous bandwidth, the CMS will provide automatic carrier monitoring, interference detection and analysis of JSL's entire constellation of satellites. Jabiru-1 is scheduled for launch in the first half of 2016. When in operation, Jabiru-1, a Lockheed Martin A2100 satellite, will provide high-powered capacity communications solutions and services to enterprise and government customers in the Middle East, Asia and North Africa (MENA).

David Ball, Chief Technology Officer for NewSat, said, "Jabiru-1 will be Australia's first commercial Ka-band satellite, unlocking bandwidth capacity and coverage unavailable today. With one of the largest satellites in orbit, a leading carrier monitoring system is essential for the operations of Jabiru-1 and we look forward to working with SAT on this important element of the satellite program."

"Kratos welcomes the opportunity to provide our carrier monitoring system for Jabiru-1," said Greg Caicedo, VP and General Manager of SAT. "With this solution, multiple system operators will be able to obtain real time measurements and spectrum displays of the satellite bandwidth for system management purposes. Earlier this year, Kratos was selected to provide a satellite command and control system for Jabiru-1, and we are pleased to provide it with CMS as well."