Press Release

L-3 Communications Wins $7.5 Million Contract to Provide Satellite Control Software for Skynet 4 and 5 Satellite Control Centres

By SpaceRef Editor
May 12, 2003
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L-3 Communications announced today that its wholly owned Storm Control Systems Ltd
(L-3 Storm) subsidiary has signed a contract with Astrium valued at
over $7.5 million (GBP4.5 million) to supply satellite command and
control software for use in the Skynet 4 and Skynet 5 Satellite
Control Centres (SCC).

The software is being developed using L-3 Storm’s latest
integrated suite of products, InControl-NextGeneration(TM)
(InControl-NG), a robust system that leverages many years of
operational satellite support. InControl-NG will support the launch
and early orbit phase for Skynet 5 and the on-station operations for
both Skynet 4 and Skynet 5.

“This contract demonstrates the continued success of InControl-NG
as the leading software system for the safe and efficient monitoring
and control of satellite fleets,” said Chris Bourassa, president of
L-3 Storm Control Systems. “L-3 Storm is delighted to be extending our
successful relationship with Astrium on this important and strategic

“Astrium is firmly committed to leveraging commercial systems into
the military arena, capitalizing on sophisticated functionality at
affordable prices without compromise to any military values,” said
Colin Paynter, managing director of Astrium. “This contract builds on
these values and recognizes the positive relationship built between
Astrium and L-3 Storm Control Systems on previous programs.”

L-3 Storm will provide the software for a number of SCCs at
locations in the United Kingdom. The software will be configured to
provide support for control centres for the existing Skynet 4 and the
new Skynet 5 system. The Skynet 4 system currently provides secure
communications for the UK’s armed forces, and Skynet 5 will
significantly expand this role.

Key features of the software include routine satellite fleet and
ground station control, use of flexible open system standards, such as
CORBA, Java and UNIX, and single or multiple operator control of
multiple entities. Archiving, archive retrieval and data analysis are
also integrated within the functionality of the InControl-NG software

Skynet services are to be taken over from the UK Ministry of
Defence by Paradigm Secure Communications. Building on Skynet 4’s
existing telecommunications capabilities, Skynet 5 will deliver a
secure global communications infrastructure. The program will provide
a range of services, which will be used by the UK’s armed forces,
government departments and other agencies and organizations that
require secure communications. These services will also be available
to approved defense and other governmental users from overseas
countries and multinational organizations.

The SCC program is being led by L-3 Storm Control Systems Ltd,
based in Basingstoke, to the west of London, England. L-3 Storm offers
end-to-end solutions for spacecraft command and control, payload
processing, satellite integration, network management and remote
equipment control. L-3 Storm solutions are characterized by the
ability of a single system to control constellations comprised of
several different types and models of spacecraft. Customers include
the U.S. Air Force, Boeing Satellite Systems, DigitalGlobe, Inmarsat,
Raytheon, several Lockheed Martin divisions, Space Systems/Loral, TRW,
Orbital Sciences and Telespazio. To learn more about L-3 Storm, please
visit the company’s web site at

Astrium is owned by EADS, the European Aeronautic Defence and
Space Company. With 6,500 employees in France, Germany, the United
Kingdom and Spain, Astrium’s satellite business activities cover
complete civil and military telecommunications and earth observation
systems, science and navigation programs and all spacecraft avionics
and equipment. To learn more about Astrium, please visit the company’s
web site at

The Paradigm team is being led by Paradigm Secure Communications
and was formed by Astrium in 1999 to address the emerging military
satellite communications services market. Paradigm Secure
Communications will contract with Paradigm Services for full service
delivery and Astrium for the Skynet 5 satellites and ground systems.
Both Paradigm companies will become wholly owned subsidiaries of the
European Aeronautic Defence and Space Company, EADS. To learn more
about Paradigm, please visit

Headquartered in New York City, L-3 Communications is a leading
merchant supplier of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
(ISR) systems and products, secure communications systems and
products, avionics and ocean products, training devices and services,
microwave components and telemetry, instrumentation, space and
navigation products. Its customers include the Department of Defense,
Department of Homeland Security, selected U.S. Government intelligence
agencies, aerospace prime contractors and commercial
telecommunications and wireless customers.

To learn more about L-3 Communications, please visit the company’s
web site at


Except for historical information contained herein, the matters
set forth in this news release are forward-looking statements. The
forward-looking statements set forth above involve a number of risks
and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
from any such statement, including the risks and uncertainties
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Forward-looking Statements included in the company’s recent filings,
including Forms 10-K and 10-Q, with the Securities and Exchange
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forward-looking statements.

SpaceRef staff editor.