LANHAM, Md., 14 Nov. 2005. Integral Systems, Inc. today announced it has received a contract from WorldSpace, Inc. to provide a state-of-the-art satellite control system based on Integral's EPOCH IPS (Integrated Product Suite) for their two geostationary satellites, AfriStar and AsiaStar.
The contract includes EPOCH-based systems at two WorldSpace Regional Operations Centers (ROCS) located in Silver Spring, Md. and Melbourne, Australia. The system replaces an existing control system and will enable WorldSpace to extend the life of its satellite control system by at least 15 years.
Through its satellite radio subscription service, WorldSpace broadcasts a variety of content including entertainment, news, sports, music and educational programming. The company's broadcast area covers more than 5 billion people in more than 130 countries.
"We selected Integral's EPOCH IPS system based on its ability to enhance our satellite control operations and extend satellite life," said Brian Park, vice president for broadcast satellite operations at WorldSpace. "The new system not only prepares us for the expansion of our satellite broadcast network, but enables us to continue offering our subscribers high-quality digital audio and multimedia programming anytime and virtually anywhere in our coverage areas."
EPOCH IPS is the only COTS (commercial-off the shelf) satellite control system with a proven capability to operate diverse fleets of satellites (satellites from different satellite manufacturers in the same fleet) from a single satellite control system. Integral Systems is also the only company that provides systems that operate satellites from every major commercial geosynchronous communications satellite manufacturer in the world, including Alcatel, Astrium, Boeing, Lockheed Martin, Orbital and Space Systems/Loral.
Integral Systems also has supplied satellite ground systems to NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration), the U.S. Air Force, the U.S. Navy, the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory, PanAmSat, Loral Skynet, NEWskies Satellites, Echostar, Sirius Satellite Radio, Binariang Satellite Systems, Shin Satellite Public Company Ltd., SATMEX, GE Americom, Lockheed Martin, OHB, Optus, Orbital, ChinaSat, EOSAT, Alcatel, TRW, ROCSAT (Republic of China), among others.
"We are extremely pleased with WorldSpace's selection of the EPOCH IPS system. This selection further reinforces Integral's dominant position in the commercial satellite ground system market," said Stuart Daughtridge, executive vice president of the Commercial Division at Integral Systems.
WorldSpace is the world's only global media and entertainment company positioned to offer a satellite radio experience to consumers in more than 130 countries with five billion people, driving 300 million cars. WorldSpace delivers the latest tunes, trends and information from around the world and around the corner. WorldSpace subscribers benefit from a unique combination of local programming, original WorldSpace content and content from leading brands around the globe including the BBC, CNN, Virgin Radio, NDTV and RFI.
WorldSpace's satellites cover two-thirds of the globe with six beams. Each beam is capable of delivering up to 80 channels of high quality digital audio and multimedia programming directly to WorldSpace Satellite Radios anytime and virtually anywhere in its coverage area. WorldSpace is a pioneer of satellite-based digital radio services (DARS) and was instrumental in the development of the technology infrastructure used today by XM Satellite Radio. For more information, see www.worldspace.com.
Founded in 1982, Integral Systems is a leading provider of satellite ground systems and has supported over 190 different satellite missions for communications, science, meteorological and earth resource applications. The company was the first to offer an integrated suite of COTS (commercial off the shelf) software products for satellite command & control, the EPOCH IPS product line. EPOCH has become a world market leader in commercial applications with successful installations on 5 continents.
The company's subsidiary, SAT Corp., provides satellite and terrestrial communications signal monitoring systems to satellite operators and users throughout the world. Through its Newpoint Technologies, Inc. subsidiary, the company also provides software for equipment monitoring and control to satellite operators and telecommunications firms. The company's RT Logic subsidiary builds telemetry processing systems for military applications including tracking stations, control centers and range operations. The company's Lumistar Inc. subsidiary is a provider of system level and board level telemetry acquisition products. Integral Systems has approximately 410 employees working at company headquarters in Lanham, Md., and at other locations in both the U.S. and Europe. For more information, see www.integ.com.