Press Release

GMV Awarded Contract For Paz Satellite Control Center

By SpaceRef Editor
November 3, 2011
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INTA will develop the ground segment

GMV has been awarded a 3 million Euro contract to provide the control center of the new Spanish satellite Paz, due for launch at the end of next year. The contract includes all platform-planning and image-capturing aspects, orbital control and antenna pointing plus management and monitoring of communications and onboard equipment. GMV will also provide the radar-image-distribution and user-management system.

Paz is a military earth-observation satellite orbiting at a height of 514 kilometers above the poles. It has been designed for surveillance, high resolution mapping, border control, tactical support on foreign missions, crisis and risk management, assessment of natural disasters, environmental control and maritime surveillance applications. It is expected to be able to survey more than 300,000 square kilometers of the earth’s surface daily.

This satellite will be operated through the National Earth Observation Program (Programa Nacional de Observacion de la Tierra: PNOT) created by the Ministry of Defense and Industry and the Ministry of Tourism and Trade in 2007. INTA (Spanish Aerospace Technology Institute) was commissioned to develop the ground segment for the PAZ satellite, an earth observation system with synthetic aperture radar technology designed to meet operational requirements, mainly of a defense and security nature but also with civil applications in the field of high resolution observation.

GMV is leader in space-mission ground segments and is now the world’s top independent supplier of ground control systems for commercial telecommunication satellite operators.

“The development of PAZ’s control center represents an exhilarating challenge for GMV,” said Jorge Potti, general manager of GMV Aerospace. “GMV has significant demonstrated experience that will enable us to meet the complex mission requirements as well as the delivery schedule.”

The satellite weighs about 1400 kilos and is 5 meters long with a diameter of 2.4 meters and a hexagonal profile. Each day it will lap the world 15 times at a speed of 7 kilometers per second, overflying Spain 2.6 times a day.

PNOT also comprises another optical technology satellite called INGENIO. Together they will facilitate global observation of the national territory, making Spain Europe’s first country with a dual observation system (optical and radar) with a twofold use, civil and military. Once operative these satellites will lend themselves to a host of additional applications.

About GMV:

GMV is one of the leading suppliers of satellite ground systems in the world, and is the global leader in satellite flight dynamics for all types of satellite missions (LEO, MEO, GEO, HEEO and interplanetary). More than forty percent of the commercial telecommunications satellites launched in 2010 use GMV technology. GMV has been providing satellite ground systems to satellite manufacturers, commercial operators, integrators, and Space Institutions around the world for over 25 years. More than 280 space missions have selected GMV technology, and GMV’s operational systems are currently installed on six continents in 25 countries. GMV’s European headquarters are in Madrid, Spain. More information about GMV and its products can be found at

SpaceRef staff editor.