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About the Ka Band project

This ESA funded project #4000106010/12/NL/CLP Ka-band Radio characterisation for SatCom services in arctic and high latitude regions performs a long-term study of Ka-band propagation effects in arctic and high latitude regions. It is believed that the outcome of this study can be used to further refine and enhance the relevant ITU-R radio wave propagation models for geostationary orbiting satellites serving high latitude low elevation angle locations on land, coastal areas, and at sea.


The consortium bidding for this project on includes the following companies:

Members of the Ka-band project

Ka-band Project Participants: Bjørn Andersen, Bjørnar Dragnes, Herman Hansen, Jan Erik Håkegård, Jan Hetland, Josef Noll, Jostein Sander, Knut Grythe, Lars Bråten, Martin Rytir, Michael Cheffena, Michal Ciecko, Per Arne Grotthing, Terje Medby, Terje Mikal Mjelde, Trond Henning Johansen


Telenor Satellite Broadcasting (TSBc) provides, secure, flexible and reliable distribution of direct-to-home (DTH) satellite television (including high definition channels) and audio via our satellite fleet based at 1°West, creating tailored solutions to address customers’ specific needs. Our comprehensive portfolio of services covers the entire distribution process–encoding, multiplexing, uplinking, satellite capacity and monitoring during transmission – as well as contribution services via our own video terrestrial media network, called Multi Service Network (MSNW).

Project members of TSBc: Herman Hansen, Jan Hetland, Michal Ciecko, Per Arne Grotthing, Terje Medby


The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (FFI) is the prime institution responsible for defence-related research in Norway. The Establishment is the chief adviser on defence-related science and technology to the Ministry of Defence and the Norwegian Armed Forces’ military organisation. FFI addresses these challenges through a broad spectrum of research topics ranging from the assistance of operational units to the support of national security policy via defence planning and technology studies.

Project members of FFI: Jostein Sander, Lars Bråten, Martin Rytir, Terje Mikal Mjelde


The Norwegian Defence Logistics Organisation (NDLO) is responsible for support of all operational activity in the Norwegian Armed Forces. This support covers among other things management of The Norwegian Communication and Information Services Division, procurements and investment, supply, maintenance and storage of materiel. NDLO is organised in seven divisions: Land capabilities, Naval capabilities, Air capabilities, Joint service capabilities, CIS capabilities, Maintenance and Supply.

Project members of NDLO: Bjørn Andersen, Bjørnar Dragnes, Trond Henning Johansen

UNIK and HiG

The University Graduate Center Kjeller (UNIK) and University College of Gjøvik (HiG) represent academic partners in this project. UNIK is a non-profit educational and research foundation owned by the University of Oslo (UiO), Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and the three major research institutes: the Norwegian Defense Research Establishment (FFI), Institute for Energy Technology (IFE) and Telenor R&D. UNIK is a graduate educational institution for master and doctoral students, primarily from UiO and NTNU. The main focus of UNIK is on applied science.

Project members of UNIK and HiG: Martin Rytir


The SINTEF Group is the fourth largest Contract Research Organization (CRO) in Europe, and the largest independent research organisation in Scandinavia. SINTEF will be a project partner using personnel from two of its institutes to perform the work. SINTEF ICT will contribute with expertise on signal propagation and signal processing, while MARINTEK will contribute with its experience and expertise in the field of applied maritime communications. SINTEF ICT will be the coordinator of SINTEF's activities under this proposal.

Project members of SINTEF: Jan Erik Håkegård, Knut Grythe

Note: internal identification of project is ARTES 3B.027: KaSatComCharHLat


This ESA funded project aims at performing a long-term study of Ka-band propagation effects in arctic and high latitude regions



Participating Partners

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