QuadSAT Secures £700,00 Seed Funding Drones in Satcoms Startup Secures Investment to Further Innovation

Odense, Denmark, 16th January 2019 – QuadSAT, the drone-enabled antenna testing company, today announced it has closed its £700,000 seed round, led by Vaekstfonden, the Danish Growth Fund, with participation from Seraphim Capitaland existing investors.The investment will enable QuadSAT to bring its innovative drone platform to the satellite communications industry, initially focusing on maritime and aeronautical applications. QuadSAT’s platform uses drone technology to test and calibrate satellite and VSAT antennas autonomously, mimicking an orbiting satellite that can simulate a ship or aircraft’s motion. This method enables highly accurate testing while drastically reducing downtime.Having started as a University project, QuadSAT is an innovative startup company. Based at Odense Robotics Start Up Hub, a Danish accelerator programme for robotics and drone startups, which provides premises and expert assistance, this investment follows an initial round of investment to establish the company in 2017.Joakim Espeland, CEO, QuadSAT, commented: “Our technology alleviates a massive pain point for our customers and will ensure high quality communications with minimum interference at a competitive price. We’re thrilled to be backed by our investors, including the team at Seraphim, which brings with it a great deal of sector-expertise as the world’s leading space-tech focused venture capital fund.”QuadSAT was one of six companies to take part in Mission 1 of Seraphim Space Camp. Seraphim Space Camp is the UK’s first accelerator for space-tech start-ups backed by Seraphim Capital, the world’s first venture capital fund dedicated to SpaceTech. The programme aims to get Seed and Pre-Series A, space-tech companies ‘investment ready’ and to facilitate unique corporate relationships with some of the leading space corporates and agencies.Of the programme, Joakim said: “Taking part in Seraphim Space Camp was fundamental to us really. Speaking to relevant industry players who were able to validate what we were doing had a big impact on us and our future roadmap.”Rob Desborough, Seraphim Capital Portfolio Director and Director of Seraphim Space Camp commented: “We are very excited to be partnering with Joakim and the rest of the QuadSAT team. They were incredibly well received by our corporate partners whilst on the Space Camp Accelerator and are first movers in a billion-dollar global market. With stringent industry standards in place, QuadSAT is solving a real challenge for its customers and will provide enormous benefit to the industry.” About QuadSATFounded in March 2017 and having recently set up an office in Harwell, UK, QuadSAT is a Danish company that has developed brand new tools and techniques for testing and calibrating satellite antennas being deployed in high-value maritime and aeronautical markets. Combining the latest drone technology with a simulated satellite payload and mathematical algorithms, QuadSAT simplifies the requirements for satellite antenna testing, qualification and calibration. In addition, use of QuadSAT’s products reduces vessels and...

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ETL Systems Acquires Atlantic Microwave to Strengthen Global RF Product Range

Madley, Herefordshire and Braintree, Essex, 15thJanuary 2019 – ETL Systems, a global designer and manufacturer of RF equipment for satellite communications today announced it has acquired Atlantic Microwave, a leading provider of microwave components and satellite communication test equipment.  ETL Systems operates globally with manufacturing and R&D sites based in the UK. The UK facilities combined with offices in Washington DC and Dubai support the firm in serving customers in 112 countries. ETL’s key international clients include CNN, BBC, Airbus, Thales, General Dynamics, ESPN, DirectTV, Associated Press, Inmarsat, BAE Systems and SES Astra.  Ian Hilditch, CEO, ETL Systems, commented: “Atlantic Microwave offers a wide range of complementary RF products and a different customer base. We will be able to use our experience as a global manufacturer to support Atlantic around the world.” He added: “Atlantic is also very focused on customisation of its RF range and so it was a well aligned company to acquire.” Based in Braintree, UK, Atlantic has specialist design, manufacture and test facilities and employs over 15 staff. Currently, the company distributes 14 different satellite communications product lines covering 10MHz to 110GHz, which includes test loop translators and satellite simulators.  With this shared focus on custom design and providing customer service that’s second to none, the acquisition will see Atlantic expanding its range of RF based products. Atlantic’s clients will also benefit from ETL’s engineering expertise covering RF, PCB and CAD design.  Geoff Burling, CEO of Atlantic Microwave, said: “We are delighted to welcome the support of ETL Systems, especially as they have a similar reputation for specialist RF design. We look forward to continuing to grow our RF testing markets around the world.” It is business as usual as the two companies collaborate together to offer a wider product offering to both ETL and Atlantic customers. [ENDS]  About ETL Systems ETL designs and builds high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, with a focus on customisation and customer service. In FY2017, 79% of sales were exports. ETL’s products are generally used in satellite ground stations and include switch matrices, splitters, amplifiers, and RF over fibre links. Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment. With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Herefordshire, UK, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade. About Atlantic Microwave Atlantic Microwave Ltd manufactures and supplies RF and Microwave equipment, components and interconnects to the Satcom, Telecommunications, Broadcasting, Aerospace, Defence and Scientific Research industries. Atlantic...

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ETL Systems Reaches National Final of the Chamber of Commerce Awards

Shortlisted for Exporter of the Year   Madley, Herefordshire, 4th December 2018 – ETL Systems (https://www.etlsystems.com/), a global designer and manufacturer of RF equipment for satellite communications, has been named a finalist in the Export Business of the Year category in the National Chamber of Commerce Awards, which took place Thursday 29thNovember in London. The Herefordshire-based company was shortlisted after winning Export Business of the Year in the Herefordshire & Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce Awards, and Exporter of the Year in the Regional Chamber of Commerce Awards. ETL Systems’ clients include eight of the top twelve NATO governments and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators, as well as companies across several other verticals, including broadcast and maritime. Its products are renowned for high quality and reliability, enabling resilient satellite communications for its customers. Recent growth has led to international expansion, with the recent establishment of offices in the USA and Dubai. Andrew Bond, Sales and Marketing Director, ETL Systems commented: “We are so proud to have been named a finalist in the Export Business of the Year Awards at the National Chamber of Commerce Awards evening last night. Customers around the world trust in ETL Systems’ products, reflecting a commitment to excellence and innovation. Our international growth will continue in 2019, as we expand once again with another regional office to be announced soon.” National Exporter of the Year is awarded to organisations which demonstrate significant and/or sustained increases in their export activity. Judges consider the level of exports in comparison to size of company and sector, innovative approaches to establishing and entering new markets, and the degree to which products/services are new and markets non-traditional.   About ETL Systems  ETL designs and builds high performance satellite communications and Radio Frequency (RF) equipment, which is generally used in satellite ground stations. Customers include governments, satellite operators, telecoms companies, and broadcasters across the globe. Eight of the top twelve NATO governments use ETL products to protect their citizens and fourteen of the top twenty global satellite operators also use ETL equipment. With its dedicated in-house engineers based in Madley, ETL Systems has seen an average growth of 20 per cent in the last five years and has won three Queens Awards for International Trade as well as being named the 2018 Exporter of the Year in the Herefordshire Chamber of Commerce Awards. Media Contact: Helen Weedon Radical Moves PR Tel: +44 1570 434632 Mob: +44 7733 231922 helen@radicalmovespr.co.uk  ...

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Only four weeks until the 20th annual Global MilSatcom

SMi Group Reports: The 20th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition returns to London next month. The landscape of defence satellite communications is changing rapidly, on both sides of the Atlantic – with the announcement of a new Air Force Space Command and conclusion of the Wideband AoA, the addition of new enduring capability for Skynet 6 and a new era of LEO mega-constellations set to provide new COMSATCOM bandwidth for military partners. It is in this is the context that SMi Group will be hosting the 20th annual Global MilSatCom conference and exhibition – taking place in London from the 6th – 8th November 2018 at the QEII Conference Centre. With over 500 attendees it is a key calendar date for satellite professionals across the alliance. Broken into 3 dedicated days of content, the meeting sets out to cover mission critical updates from national programmes from the US, Europe and the wider international community. Visit the website’s download centre to read a featurette on why Global MilSatCom is Europe’s leading conference & expo for satellite professionals. The full agenda is also available to download at: http://www.globalmilsatcom.com/sda Event updates: 1) Three new sponsors and exhibitors have confirmed their participation: Hytec Inter, Open Cosmos and Satcube. 2) New speaker confirmed: Mr Thomas Beckt, MILSATCOM Executive Director, US DoD will present on: SMC’s Launch System Enterprise in Support of MILSATCOM  Success of the recent launch of AFSPC-11 mission from Cape Canaveral How new launch is providing great coverage and communications resilience Continuous Broadcast Augmenting SATCOM (CBAS) and other payloads being delivered, and steps put in place to maximise mission assurance Working with local launch squadrons to augment existing SATCOM capabilities through space-based satellite relays Bringing the conference to a total of 56 expert presenters from the following organisations: Airbus Defence & Space Australian Department of Defence Canadian Armed Forces COMSAT Defence Space Administration, Nigeria Defense Communication Command, Republic of Korea Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) DGA Dstl EU Commission European Defence Agency European Space Agency Eutelsat America Corp French MoD GovSat Hughes Network Systems Intelsat General Italian Army Italian MoD Japanese MoD Kratos Lockheed Martin Luxembourg Directorate of Defense NATO Communications and Information Agency (NCI Agency) New Zealand Defence Force Newtec Northern Sky Research (NSR) Orbital ATK Raytheon SES Networks Space News Spanish MoD Thales US Thales Defense & Security UK MoD UK Royal Air Force UK Space Agency US AFRICOM US Air Force US Department of Defense US Marine Corps Viasat Plus, there will also be a pre-conference: Small Satellites and Disruptive Technology Focus Day, 5th November 2018, St James’ Court, London. Visit the website for more information. Visit the website to book your place, download exclusive event content and...

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BT’s international satellite communications centre celebrates 40 year anniversary

Madley Communications Centre, a giant BT satellite earth station in the Midlands, is marking 40 years at the centre of international communications. The centre has played a central role in worldwide broadcasts of some of the most dramatic events of the past four decades – such as the fall of the Berlin Wall, the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, and the 2017 Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. BT’s main global satellite tracking centre, Madley was constructed to meet growing demand from people and businesses for resilient international communications services… Read...

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Constellations Satellite and Space Podcast Celebrates 25th Episode….

The forum where industry leaders share insights, and expectations SAN DIEGO, CA, June 26, 2018– Constellations, the podcast where space industry leaders share their thoughts on business, policy and opportunities, announced today it has released its 25thepisode.  The guest for this event was Susan Bull, Sr. Consultant with COMSYS, the world’s foremost VSAT consultancy.Susanshared her thoughts on the impact of HTS on capacity pricing, the major business model changes satellite operators must make, and the aerospace mobility market. Constellationsbrings together key influencers and leaders in the satellite and space industries, like Ms. Bull, to discuss emerging trends and technologies in New Space, HTS, Defense Policy and so much more. Recent guests have included:” Assured Communications with Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, SVP, Inmarsat Data Centers in Space, Cliff Beek, CEO and President, Cloud Constellation High Throughput Satellites,Skot Butler, President, Intelsat General Journey to Mars, Caleb Williams, Spaceworks Free to Air, Lasers and Predictions about LEO, Jim Simpson, CEO, ABS Balance, Certainty and Sharing the Spectrum, Tom Stroup, President, Satellite Industry Assoc. Cloud Technology, Machine Intelligence & Bots, Dave Mihelcic, Federal CTO, Juniper Networks Previous guests have commented on their participation in Constellations… “I just had the privilege this morning to participate in Constellations podcast sponsored by Kratos. We had the most fascinating discussion on satellite technology, communications capabilities all for the military, I encourage you to take a listen, it was really fun to do and I look forward to seeing how many other guests will come forward.” – Rebecca Cowen-Hirsch, SVP Government Policy, Strategy, and Outreach for Inmarsat. “I am pleased to have been part of this excellent podcast series highlighting the space and satellite industry.  As I review the podcast I realize how much has happened at IGC in just a few short months.  I spoke about our high-throughput satellite platform and with our next launch in the 3rd quarter we will have completed the first global Ku-band HTS system driving a host of new opportunities for mobility platforms in the government sector.  Congratulations to Kratos for pushing boundaries and allowing me and my space colleagues a new platform for spreading the word about the exciting future of satellites and space.” – Skot Butler, President of Intelsat General “Congratulations Kratos on your  #25 Constellation podcast.  I thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the June podcast reviewing the key challenges facing the industry including the new HTS, LEO and other constellations and emerging technology.   With the advent of reusable rockets and increasing development of smaller affordable satellites, the industry is rapidly evolving and will bring more connectivity to the way we communicate – connecting the unconnected in the future.” – Jim Simpson, CEO of ABS “Congratulations to Kratos on the 25th Constellations podcast. It...

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