Press Release

EMS Technologies Announces Delivery of Switch Modules to COM DEV for NASA CloudSat Weather Satellite

By SpaceRef Editor
January 22, 2003
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EMS Technologies, Inc. has announced today the successful
delivery of two switch modules to COM DEV International Ltd. for the ESSP
3/CloudSat mission, scheduled to launch in April 2004. The mission, which
will measure the properties of clouds to assess their effects on both weather
and climate, is sponsored by NASA, JPL and the Canadian Space Agency (CSA).

EMS’ Space & Technology Group/Atlanta provided the Input Protection Switch
Module, which provides low-noise amplifier protection and calibration
switching for the CloudSat Cloud Profiling Radar. The Receiver is being
designed and manufactured by COM DEV under contract to the CSA.

“In providing this advanced 94 GHz switch, EMS continues to demonstrate
its leadership in the technology of millimeter-wave switching solutions. The
outstanding performance of EMS Ferrite-based Switch Modules is the enabler for
meeting the difficult noise figure requirements of the millimeter wave
subsystem,” said Todd Vaughn, director of EMS’ Ferrite Components business

EMS routinely supplies ferrite-based switch assemblies to the most
demanding requirements including space, defense and other key scientific
missions such as Seawinds.

About CSA

Established in 1989 and situated in Saint-Hubert, Quebec, the Canadian
Space Agency coordinates all aspects of the Canadian Space Program. Through
its “Space Knowledge, Applications and Industry Development” business line,
the CSA delivers seven service lines: Earth and the Environment; Space
Science; Human Presence in Space; Satellite Communications; Generic Space
Technologies; Space Qualification Services; and, Comptrollership and
Awareness. The Canadian Space Agency is at the forefront of the development
and application of space knowledge for the benefit of Canadians and humanity.


COM DEV International Ltd. ( ) based in Cambridge, Ontario,
is the largest Canadian-based designer and manufacturer of space hardware
subsystems. COM DEV, with facilities in Canada and the United Kingdom,
manufactures advanced products and subsystems that are sold to major satellite
prime contractors for use in communications, space science, remote sensing and
military satellites.

About EMS Technologies, Inc.

EMS Technologies, Inc. is a leading innovator in the design
and manufacture of wireless, satellite and defense electronics solutions. The
Company is headquartered in Atlanta, employs almost 1,900 people worldwide,
and has manufacturing facilities in Atlanta, Ottawa, Montreal and Brazil.

EMS Technologies’ Space & Technology Group/Atlanta develops advanced
products and systems demanding the highest performance and reliability.
Specializing in microwave/millimeter wave requirements for defense
electronics, space electronics and component applications, the efforts of
Space & Technology Group/Atlanta are primarily applied to satellite
communication, electronic warfare, and radar systems. For more information,
visit EMS on the World Wide Web at .

SpaceRef staff editor.