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Orbit Communication Systems delivers two additional gaia-100 ground antenna systems for atlas space operations global network expansion

Systems to track and collect critical earth observation data from low and medium earth orbit satellites, supporting numerous applications which profoundly affect our lives
February 02, 2021

Orbit Communication Systems Inc., a leading provider of Earth Observation and New Space Ground Antenna Systems, announced today delivery of two additional Gaia-100 3.7M S/X band systems as key enablers to support ATLAS’ Global Network expansion and performance. The Gaia-100 empowers utilization of ATLAS’ Freedom™ Software Platform.

 

ATLAS Space Operations is making access to space easier for satellite companies by negating the need to invest in and operate ground infrastructure around the world. The new approach allows ATLAS’ clients to focus on the development and launch of new innovative satellites and payloads to collect information from sensors, cameras, radar systems, etc. The Freedom™ Software Platform allows clients to leverage a common ground network whenever and wherever needed.

 

The newly deployed Gaia systems enable ATLAS to expand its footprint and service offering to an increasingly demanding market where the speed, security and reliability of data acquisition is paramount to the success of ATLAS’ clients. Coupled with Freedom™, ATLAS Space Operations is changing the way enterprises and governments acquire and utilize earth observation data to improve the daily lives of people anywhere on the planet.

 

“We are delighted to partner with Orbit to leverage their Gaia systems which help provide crucial framework to support our Freedom™ Network Services,” said Mike Carey, CSO and Co-Founder of ATLAS. “We have several clients that are familiar with Orbit and have asked us to leverage Orbit’s capabilities within our network to ensure continuous and reliable service delivery.”

 

“Orbit is very proud to support a customer like ATLAS in growing their ground station network,” said Daniel Eshchar, CEO of Orbit, “We believe that the combination of the Gaia-100 product line, bundled with the ATLAS’ Freedom™ Software Platform, will make a significant difference to the end customer.”

About Orbit’s Earth Observation and New Space Solutions

Orbit’s Gaia-100 family of earth observation and new space systems, combining years of experience, an extensive installed base and lessons learned from the emerging New Space sector, Orbit is rethinking traditional ground stations – making them more compact and cost-effective – to address the dynamic needs of its EO and constellation customers. The company’s Gaia 100 family comprises cost-effective, high-performance terrestrial terminals for proven and reliable connectivity with LEO/MEO satellites.

 

Orbit’s Gaia-100 family has no “key hole”, which allows for continuous tracking. It’s Real 3-axis system – EL, Tilt and AZ and it’s built-in, step-track-based Advanced Control Loop allows for greater availability, reliability and superior performance. The Gaia-100 has multiple configurations (from L- to K-band) in a single platform and the Radome covering allows for anytime, anywhere operation

About Orbit:

Orbit Communication Systems Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Orbit Communication Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), is a leading global provider of technology-intensive mission-critical communication systems and solutions for government and commercial markets. Orbit products and solutions can be found in thousands of aircraft, ships, satellite earth stations and other mission platforms that require secure, high-speed and resilient communications capabilities. Orbit satellite systems are constellation and frequency agnostic serving all major frequency bands in GEO, MEO and LEO networks.

 

Orbit product lines include earth observation systems for traditional as well as new space applications, multi-frequency mobile satellite terminals, satellite tracking and telemetry as well as government and commercial adaptations of our market leading airborne 3D audio management systems. Orbit customers include most major international satellite operators, governments, system integrators, aerospace and maritime OEMs as well as integrated satellite solution and service providers. For more information, please visit http://orbit-cs.com/

About ATLAS Space Operations:

ATLAS Space Operations is the fastest-growing teleport operator in the world according to the World Teleport Association’s Fast 10, and was recognized as the 15th fastest-growing software company on the Inc. 5000. ATLAS’ Freedom™ offers a secure, cloud-based platform for global communications that drive critical decisions on Earth. Our ground network and software provide a revolutionary approach that connects humanity through space. ATLAS’ mission is to become the world’s largest provider of pure play teleport and gateway services by leveraging the virtualization of global ground communication assets. For more information visit www.atlasground.com.

 

Contact Information:

 

Orbit Communication Systems

Marketing Communications

Marketing@orbit-cs.com

 

ATLAS Space Operations:

Dan Carey

Marketing Director

+1 (231) 598-6814 ext 105

dcarey@atlasground.com

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Dalit Dadon

Chief Operations Officer

Dalit Dadon joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in July of 2010. Dalit is responsible for the Orbit’s HR activity in the US and acts as the company’s Empowered Official (EO) for ITAR control and compliance. Dalit’s career spans over 20 years of comprehensive experience in various aspects of Finance, Administration, Export and HR management in diversified industries. Prior to joining Orbit, Dalit served as Finance and Operations Manager for Hazera Seeds Inc., a US subsidiary of Hazera Genetics Ltd (part of the Limagrain Group), a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of fruit and vegetable seeds. Previously, she served as Export and Office Manager for Hy Laboratories Ltd. (Hylabs), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of tools for the identification of microorganisms and molecular biology products. She holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and an HR Management certificate from continued educational studies, including coursework at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Graduate School of Business.

Steven Refsnider

Customer Service Manager

Steven Refsnider joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in October 2010. Steve brings comprehensive technical knowledge of satellite communications systems as well as over 10 years’ experience in management of communications maintenance work centers. Prior to joining Orbit, he served as the manager of Verizon’s international maintenance center in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he led a team of technicians responsible for installing, commissioning and maintaining international digital circuits between the United States and Latin America. In addition to his professional experience, Steve served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, including eight years as a Master Instructor in the field of satellite communications maintenance where he was recognized for professional achievement and expert knowledge. Steve holds associate degrees in Electronics Systems Technology and Instructional Technology from the USAF Community College.

Steven Refsnider

Customer Service Manager

Steven Refsnider joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in October 2010. Steve brings comprehensive technical knowledge of satellite communications systems as well as over 10 years’ experience in management of communications maintenance work centers. Prior to joining Orbit, he served as the manager of Verizon’s international maintenance center in Pompano Beach, Florida, where he led a team of technicians responsible for installing, commissioning and maintaining international digital circuits between the United States and Latin America. In addition to his professional experience, Steve served for more than 20 years in the United States Air Force, including eight years as a Master Instructor in the field of satellite communications maintenance where he was recognized for professional achievement and expert knowledge. Steve holds associate degrees in Electronics Systems Technology and Instructional Technology from the USAF Community College.

Tuomo Rutanen

VP, Sales & Business Development, North America

Tuomo Rutanen joined Orbit in 2020 as Vice President Sales and Business Development for Orbit North America overseeing the eco-system and business development as well as sales for all Orbit product lines. Tuomo has been involved in the satellite and wireless communications industry throughout his 30+ year career in increasingly senior sales and business development roles in both commercial and government sectors. Tuomo has worked for satellite operators such as Hughes, Inmarsat and Iridium where his focus was around mobility and specifically the aeronautical domain and spent the earlier part of his career in building new wireless businesses for Ekahau, Sprint and Sonera focusing on GSM and Wi-Fi enterprise and OTT services. Tuomo holds a B.A. degree from Capital University in Columbus Ohio.

Dany Eshchar

Chairman of the Board

Dany Eshchar has extensive experience leading defense, high-tech and international business
development organizations. Before joining Orbit as CEO, Dany served as Deputy CEO for the Israel- and
US-based Aeronautics Group, where he led Sales, Marketing and Business Development efforts and
managed substantial international business growth. Prior to Aeronautics, Dany headed R&D projects
for the Israel Navy. He holds a Bachelors in Engineering from Israel’s Technion Institute of Technology
and Master’s degrees from both Technion and the University of Michigan.

Michael McDonnell

Director, Sales & Business Development, Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth
Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems

Michael McDonnell joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2018 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems. Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in business and market development, government relations, field marketing and technical sales of advanced tactical and satellite communications solutions – with expertise in antenna, navigation and radar-derived identification systems – to military and commercial markets. Prior to joining Orbit, Michael worked for Boeing Aerospace, Singer Kearfott, BAE Systems, Telephonics and Cobham Antenna Systems. He holds a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University and attended Boise State University for undergraduate and University of Washington for graduate studies.

David Lee

Director, Sales & Business Development, Airborne Audio Management and
Satcom Systems

David Lee joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2015 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s airborne audio management and satcom systems. David brings more than 30 years of experience in business development, systems engineering, avionics integration, program management and technical sales in Electronic Warfare, airborne satcom and tactical data links in both military and commercial markets. His expertise translates into customized connectivity solutions that enhance aircrew coordination and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining Orbit, David worked for TECOM Industries, ITT Exelis, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins. Previously, he served in the US Navy as a rotary wing aviator and acquisitions professional and continues to maintain both his commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft ratings. He holds a B.Sc. from Michigan State University and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC).

Dalit Dadon

Chief Operations Officer

Dalit Dadon joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in July of 2010. Dalit is responsible for the Orbit’s HR activity in the US and acts as the company’s Empowered Official (EO) for ITAR control and compliance. Dalit’s career spans over 20 years of comprehensive experience in various aspects of Finance, Administration, Export and HR management in diversified industries. Prior to joining Orbit, Dalit served as Finance and Operations Manager for Hazera Seeds Inc., a US subsidiary of Hazera Genetics Ltd (part of the Limagrain Group), a worldwide leader in the development and manufacturing of fruit and vegetable seeds. Previously, she served as Export and Office Manager for Hy Laboratories Ltd. (Hylabs), a developer, manufacturer and distributor of tools for the identification of microorganisms and molecular biology products. She holds a BA in Behavioral Sciences from Ben Gurion University, Israel, and an HR Management certificate from continued educational studies, including coursework at the Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Graduate School of Business.

Tuomo Rutanen

VP, Sales & Business Development,
North America

Tuomo Rutanen joined Orbit in 2020 as Vice President Sales and Business Development for Orbit North America overseeing the eco-system and business development as well as sales for all Orbit product lines. Tuomo has been involved in the satellite and wireless communications industry throughout his 30+ year career in increasingly senior sales and business development roles in both commercial and government sectors. Tuomo has worked for satellite operators such as Hughes, Inmarsat and Iridium where his focus was around mobility and specifically the aeronautical domain and spent the earlier part of his career in building new wireless businesses for Ekahau, Sprint and Sonera focusing on GSM and Wi-Fi enterprise and OTT services. Tuomo holds a B.A. degree from Capital University in Columbus Ohio.

Dany Eshchar

Chairman of the Board

Dany Eshchar has extensive
experience leading defense,
high-tech and international business
development organizations. Before
joining Orbit as CEO, Dany served as
Deputy CEO for the Israel- and
US-based Aeronautics Group, where
he led Sales, Marketing and Business
Development efforts and managed
substantial international business
growth. Prior to Aeronautics, Dany
headed R&D projects for the Israel
Navy. He holdsa Bachelors in
Engineering from Israel’s Technion
Institute of Technology and Master’s
degrees from both Technion and the
Universityof Michigan.

Michael McDonnell

Director, Sales & Business
Development, Ground and Airborne
Satcom, Earth Observation and
Tracking & Telemetry Systems

Michael McDonnell joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2018 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s Ground and Airborne Satcom, Earth Observation and Tracking & Telemetry Systems. Michael brings more than 30 years of experience in business and market development, government relations, field marketing and technical sales of advanced tactical and satellite communications solutions – with expertise in antenna, navigation and radar-derived identification systems – to military and commercial markets. Prior to joining Orbit, Michael worked for Boeing Aerospace, Singer Kearfott, BAE Systems, Telephonics and Cobham Antenna Systems. He holds a B.Sc. Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University and attended Boise State University for undergraduate and University of Washington for graduate studies.

David Lee

Director, Sales & Business
Development, , Airborne Audio
Management and Satcom Systems

David Lee joined Orbit Communication Systems, Inc. in 2015 as the North American Director of Sales & Business Development for Orbit’s airborne audio management and satcom systems. David brings more than 30 years of experience in business development, systems engineering, avionics integration, program management and technical sales in Electronic Warfare, airborne satcom and tactical data links in both military and commercial markets. His expertise translates into customized connectivity solutions that enhance aircrew coordination and mission effectiveness. Prior to joining Orbit, David worked for TECOM Industries, ITT Exelis, BAE Systems and Rockwell Collins. Previously, he served in the US Navy as a rotary wing aviator and acquisitions professional and continues to maintain both his commercial fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft ratings. He holds a B.Sc. from Michigan State University and is a member of the Association of Old Crows (AOC).