Press Release

GMV Awarded Contract for Thaicom 6 Communications Satellite Control Center

By SpaceRef Editor
April 26, 2012
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GMV, a private, multi-national firm based in Madrid, Spain with US headquarters in Rockville, Md., announces a contract with THAICOM Plc. to provide the satellite control center for the Thaicom 6 communications satellite. The project builds on GMV’s satellite control center experience, Thaicom 6 is a Star 2 platform geostationary telecommunications spacecraft built by Orbital Sciences. Over the years, GMV has established a strong history with Orbital Sciences and supports numerous Star 2 platform spacecraft.

“GMV is proud to offer exceptional technical competency that enabled 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 Thaicom 6 and to build our relationship with Thaicom an important spacecraft operator in Southeast Asia.”

Thaicom 6 satellite’s payload will offer C-band and Ku-band services to the South and Southeast Asia and Southern Africa regions. The satellite will generate approximately 3.7 kilowatts of payload power and will be located at 78.5 degrees East Longitude.

GMV will develop and implement the satellite control center for Thaicom 6, 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.

Thaicom 6 is expected to launch into orbit in mid 2013.

About THAICOM Plc.

THAICOM PLC., founded on November 7, 1991, is a satellite and telecommunications operator with customers throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Australia. Currently, the Company operates two THAICOM satellites at geostationary orbit. THAICOM 5 carries more than 400 television channels at its “hotbird” location of 78.5 degrees East, while THAICOM 4 (IPSTAR) can deliver broadband services to millions of users across 14 countries in Asia Pacific. THAICOM 6 is presently under construction and planned for launch in 2013 to serve the increasing demand for broadcast services. Its THAICOM 7 satellite is planned for launch in 2014 to 120 degrees East. THAICOM is listed on the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) under the trade symbol “THCOM”.

For more information, please visit the company’s website at and

About GMV:

GMV is the leading supplier of commercial telecommunications satellite ground systems in the world. Forty-five percent of the commercial telecommunications satellites launched in 2011 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 US Headquarters are in Rockville, MD & its European headquarters are in Madrid, Spain. More information about GMV and its products can be found at and

SpaceRef staff editor.