Norwegian Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Telenor Group President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas visited THOR 7-supplier Norspace in Horten on Wednesday. A satisfied Prime Minister saw the result of local value creation based on global contracts to supply equipment to Telenor's next satellite.
“I am impressed, and quite proud, that we have an environment in Horten supplying high-technology equipment throughout the world and far into space. And I am impressed and fascinated that we have companies like Telenor who is a major player in space, and that their activities create synergies, said the Norwegian prime minister,” Jens Stoltenberg.
Space System/Loral in Palo Alto, California USA, will be the manufactorer of THOR 7. The planning starts this autumn. The construction of the satellite as such will start next autumn, in 2012. THOR 7 will be launched by ArianeSpace from French Guyana at the end of 2013. THOR 7 will be positioned 35,786 km out in space, and have an investment of 1.6 billion NOK.
“During the last five year period, Telenor has invested 4 billion NOK in new and more modern satellites. There is a strong growth in the satellite communications market. Governments use satellites for things like environment monitoring. Private companies need more capacity for HDTV and 3D, broadband and maritime services. Our new satellite THOR 7 will serve TV, shipping, oil industry and broadband needs in Europe and Middle East,” said Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
Norspace delivers receivers and transmitters (Telemetry Tracking Command-equipment) that gives Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) the opportunity to communicate with THOR 7 from the communications centre at Fornebu in a safe and proper way. Norspace is renowned for its world leading position in Surface Acoustic Wave (SAW) technology for satellites.
“Together with Space System/Loral we have concluded that Norspace have the best products for Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TTC). Telenor is an international player that uses international tenders for their purchases. When we spend billions, we need to be sure that we acquire the best. Everything on the satellite must keep its functionality for its entire lifetime,” said Telenor Group President and CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas.
Norspace is located in Horten, Norway, a town with 26,000 residents, an hour’s drive from Fornebu and the Telenor Headquarter. Norspace is the only Norwegian supplier to THOR 7. The contract secures jobs in Horten and positions the Norwegian space industry in a demanding market.
“The THOR 7-contract gives us credit and is important for us. It will have effects for Norspace. The value of the THOR 7-contract is multiplied for our company,” said Norspace CEO Sverre Bisgaard.
Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg said at the visit that many Norwegian counties envy Horten their high-tech companies, which Norspace is a major part of.
Telenor’s new satellite will be equipped with both Ku- and Ka-band (datacom) capacities for the provision of broadcasting services and data communications. The satellite will be positioned at 1 degree West, where TSBc’s recent replacement and expansion satellites, THOR 5 and THOR 6 are already stationed.
For more information about Telenor Satellite Broadcasting, visit the company’s website at www.telenorsbc.com
Jorgen Thaule, Telenor Broadcast Holding, +47 915 59 607