Press Release

GMV Awarded Contract for MEASAT-3b Communications Satellite Control Center

By SpaceRef Editor
July 23, 2012
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Rockville, Md. – GMV USA ( the Rockville, Maryland based US affiliate of the multinational satellite ground systems supplier, GMV (, has been selected for a contract with MEASAT Global Berhad (“MEASAT”) to provide the satellite ground control and payload ground control systems for the MEASAT-3b satellite. The project builds on GMV’s significant satellite control center experience as the leading supplier of satellite ground systems in the world.

“GMV is proud to offer exceptional technical competency that enables us to stand out from the competition for this project,” said Theresa Beech, president of GMV USA. “We are pleased to bring our experience in successful communications satellite control center installation and operation around the globe to MEASAT.”

The current control centers for MEASAT-3, manufactured by Boeing Satellite Systems & MEASAT-3a, manufactured by Orbital Sciences Corporation will be migrated from their current real time system solutions into GMV’s hifly(R). This will provide MEASAT with a consolidated control center.

MEASAT-3b is a high powered geostationary satellite designed to provide at least 48 high powered Ku-band transponders to Malaysia, India, Indonesia and Australia. Designed to operate in tandem with the MEASAT-3 and MEASAT-3a satellites at the 91.5*E hotslot, MEASAT-3b will provide additional satellite capacity to support the expansion of MEASAT’s core DTH customers and provide in-orbit redundancy.

GMV will develop and implement the satellite control center for MEASAT-3b, including the satellite telemetry and telecommand system based upon GMV’s product hifly(R), the flight dynamics system based upon GMV’s product focusSuite, as well as the ground equipment monitoring and control.
The kick off meeting took place in January 2012 and the on-site acceptance is expected by the third quarter of 2013.

The satellite, which is being manufactured by Astrium SAS, is planned to be launched by the end of 2013.

About GMV:

GMV USA is the US subsidiary of GMV, the world’s leading supplier of ground control systems for commercial satellites. GMV is a reliable supplier of a wide array of satellite ground systems and solutions to satellite manufacturers, commercial operators, integrators, and Space Institutions around the world. Forty-five percent of commercial telecommunications satellites launched in 2011 currently utilize GMV technology and over 280 space missions have selected GMV technology. Solutions offered by GMV include: customizable COTS Ground Control Systems, Flight Dynamics, Mission Analysis, Navigation Systems and Mission Planning and Scheduling systems. GMV’s operational systems are currently installed on six continents in 25 countries. GMV USA is based in Rockville, Maryland and its parent company, GMV, is headquartered in Madrid, Spain.

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MEASAT is a premium supplier of satellite communication services to leading international broadcasters, DTH platforms and telecom operators. With capacity across a fleet of five communications satellites, MEASAT is able to provide satellite services to over 145 countries representing 80% of the world’s population across Asia Pacific, Middle East, Africa, Europe and Australia.

The MEASAT fleet includes the state of art MEASAT-3/3a satellites at 91.5*E which support Asia’s premium DTH and video distribution neighborhood, MEASAT-2 at 148.0*E, MEASAT-5 at 119.0*E and AFRICASAT-1 at 46.0*E. The MEASAT fleet will be further strengthened with the addition of AFRICASAT-1a at 46*E in Q4 2012 and MEASAT-3b at 91.5*E in Q4 2013.

Leveraging facilities at the MEASAT Teleport and Broadcast Centre, and working with a select group of world-class partners, MEASAT also provides a complete range of broadcast and telecommunications solutions. Services include 3D, high definition and standard definition video playout, video turnaround, co-location, uplinking, broadband and IP termination services. For more information, please visit

SpaceRef staff editor.