July 6, 2016 – SES Government Solutions (SES GS) has been awarded the Thule Tracking Station Digital Signal 3 (DS3) Service Contract to continue to provide the U.S. Government with critical communications capabilities. The contract provides Air Force Space Command with dedicated communications between Thule Air Base in Greenland and Schriever Air Force Base in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
SES GS has been the sole provider of commercial satellite communications to Thule Air Base for over thirty years. Thule’s arctic environment, unpredictable weather patterns, and near-horizon location provide unique technical and logistical challenges. SES GS continues to provide a robust communications solution to overcome these challenging conditions.
“This program continues to serve as a great example of the importance of our capability to deliver the critical intelligence data to military decision makers,” said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES GS.
The solution includes commercial satellite bandwidth, contractor-provided hub equipment, teleport service and antennas. It supports a global network that enables national-level missile warning, space surveillance, space control, and satellite command and control.
The latest contract consists of a one-year base period, with four one-year option periods for a total contract value of over USD 10 million. The solution connects key sensors to operations centers for missile defense missions and serves Air Force Space Command (AFSPC), United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM), and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD).