Vertex Wins $8 Million Loral Skynet Contract

Vertex Communications Corp. (Kilgore TX) subsidiary Vertex Antenna Systems, LLC (VAS; Santa Clara, CA) won an $8 million contract from Loral Skynet (Bedminster, NJ) to supply two tracking, telemetry and command (TT&C) antenna systems for three satellites owned by CD Radio.

These turnkey systems will be installed in South America so that continuous coverage of the satellite orbit can be maintained. Each system consists of two 11-meter full-motion tracking antennas, an equipment shelter, radio frequency (RF) electronics, and intermediate frequency (IF) electronics. The antenna systems will be remotely controlled from CD Radio's headquarters in New York.

Design, manufacture, and installation of the satellites is expected to be completed within a year.

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