Es’hailSat, a Qatari satellite company that is due to launch its first satellite in 2013, has hired Integral Systems Europe to build its first network operations centre.
Es’hailSat, which will offer communications and broadcast services after its launch, said that Integral Systems Europe, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc, will also provide it with a payload monitoring centre in Doha, Qatar.
Under the terms of the contract, which the two companies signed during the World Satellite Business Week event in Paris, ISE will design, build, and test the system in its integration facility in Labege, near Toulouse, France, prior to its installation in Qatar.
Es’hailSat’s NOC will manage access to its satellite fleet, starting with Es’hail 1. The Centre is to be manned 24/7 to coordinate the delivery of services.
Ali Ahmed Al Kuwari, CEO, Es’hailSat’s, said: “We are pleased to be working with ISE on this project. ISE provides satellite ground systems to world leading satellite companies and has supported more than 200 different satellite missions across the globe. The establishment of our network operations and satellite payload monitoring centre in Doha is an integral part of our satellite program and marks another key milestone in our plan to become a leading satellite operator in the Middle East and North Africa region.”
Es’hail 1, Qatar’s first satellite, is scheduled for launch in Q2 2013.