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Astrium to Market SIS Live Uplinking Systems

SIS LIVE to use its in-house development and manufacturing facilities for Astrium

SIS LIVE, one of Europe’s largest outside broadcast and satellite uplink supplier in the broadcast market, has signed an exclusive reseller and development agreement with Astrium, an EADS company and one of the biggest suppliers of civil and defence space systems and services in the world. Under the terms of the deal, SIS LIVE is to use its in-house development and manufacturing facilities to complement Astrium’s existing development programmes. The first product being developed by SIS LIVE for Astrium is the world’s first fully-automated flat plate antenna system.

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David Meynell, Managing Director, SIS LIVE, said: “SIS LIVE is delighted to be working with Astrium to supply innovative new satellite uplinking systems. Astrium has great heritage and capability in secure satcom systems, and we’re fully confident that this agreement will benefit their customers across the world.”

David King, Engineering Director, Astrium Secure Satcom Systems, said: “SIS LIVE has developed and built a number of innovative new uplinking products and we are very excited to be working closely with them to create systems that are designed to meet the demands of our customers.”

SIS LIVE’s in-house design and manufacturing operations are responsible for creating a number of cutting-edge satellite uplinking systems, including the uPod portable uplinking system and the brand new uPak fully-automated flat panel antenna system. SIS LIVE will continue to be responsible for the development of both products and will concentrate on the broadcast market, whilst Astrium will continue to focus on the military, government and other markets.

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uPod is the ultimate portable uplink system that packs into easy-to-carry, flyaway cases, each weighing less than 23kg, offering a totally integrated uplinking system, with its own bookings system and dedicated satellite capacity. At the same time, it’s incredibly easy to operate, even for novices. There are four models to choose from — with antenna sizes of 0.75, 1.0, 1.2 and 1.5 metres.

uPak is a compact, fully automated flat plate VSAT terminal that provides high-speed data communications for internet connectivity, video transmission and VPN connectivity. With single button operation, the unit can be used by anyone with little or no training. uPak is lightweight and extremely portable, designed to be easily transported for remote field operations. Initially, the uPak will operate in Ku-band, but the range is being extended to also offer Ka-band and X-band versions. Both products will become part of Astrium’s MobilePatrol product family.

Based upon the uPak, Astrium launched the MobilePatrol MPS450 during Global MilSatCom in London on the 9th November. The terminal attracted great interest and enthusiasm, due to its low weight, size, competitive pricing, innovation and single button operation.

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About SIS

SIS is one of the world’s leading companies in the television broadcasting industry. It is the foremost supplier of television programming and data services to the UK and Ireland betting industry. The company’s broadcast business, SIS LIVE, has the largest satellite uplink fleet in Europe and is the largest outside broadcast provider in the UK. It offers a complete broadcasting solution from onsite outside broadcast facilities through to global distribution and IP provision. The company covers 100,000 hours of live events worldwide each year and credits include The Commonwealth Games, Formula One, Wimbledon Championships and European Tour Golf, and delivers approximately 80% of live news feeds across the UK.

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