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ES&S wins major Hong Kong Satellite Contract
15 Dec 2003

  ES&S has been awarded a major tender to supply a new X-band satellite ground station to the Hong Kong Observatory.

The new system will receive high resolution meteorological, oceanographic and environmental data from the Terra and Aqua MODIS satellites. These data are used for applications such as fire and smoke monitoring, pollution monitoring, fishing, aquaculture, agriculture and will lead to more accurate forecasts of severe weather such as tropical cyclones or typhoons. It is scheduled to be commissioned in June 2004.

Mr Bob Wright, Chief Executive Officer of ES&S, said "we are very pleased to have won the tender against very strong competition from the US and we look forward to working with HKO again. This is the second satellite system our company has supplied to HKO and it will represent a significant upgrade in their remote sensing capabilities and improved forecasting of severe weather".

The new system was designed and built in Australia with the assistance of a R&D Start Grant from the Australian Government through AusIndustry and in collaboration with the Commonwealth Bureau of Meteorology.