Brandywine Communications Awarded Contract for Next Generation Satellite Ground Stations

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Harris Corporation has selected Brandywine Communications to continue deliveries of the Time and Frequency Component for the next-generation of Ka-band and X-band Satellite ground stations under the U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) Program. This contract enables Brandywine Communications to continue delivery of the Frequency and Time Subsystem (MET-FTSS) products.

The Frequency and Time Subsystem from Brandywine Communications

The Frequency and Time Subsystem from Brandywine Communications

The award of this contract allows Brandywine Communications to continue to provide the level of high-quality service and reliability that we are known for.

Harris Corporation has selected Brandywine Communications to continue deliveries of the Time and Frequency Component for the next-generation of Ka-band and X-band Satellite ground stations under the U.S. Army’s Modernization of Enterprise Terminals (MET) Program. This contract enables Brandywine Communications to continue delivery of the Frequency and Time Subsystem (MET-FTSS) products.

Brandywine’s president, Gary Smith, stated, “The award of this contract allows Brandywine Communications to continue to provide the level of high-quality service and reliability that we are known for. We are pleased to continue our work with Harris in order to provide the next generation of time and frequency subsystems.”

Brandywine’s network-centric advanced time and frequency subsystem provides the U.S. army with a hardened, high reliability, high availability source of ultra accurate frequency and time. The FTSS utilizes redundant cesium frequency standards that are automatically calibrated and synchronized by comparison to a SAASM GPS receiver.

These Primary Reference Standards (PRS) in turn are used to drive an advanced modular distribution system, based on Brandywine’s High Performance Timing System (HPTS). This frequency and time distribution amplifier provides hitless reference switching and generates a wide variety of low phase noise outputs to the customers’ specifications.

The system is supported by dual-redundant Battery Backup Units. The Battery backup units include Ethernet monitoring of battery condition and charge discharge currents. The FTSS also includes an advanced synchronization control panel that allows both automatic and manual synchronization to a variety of internal and external sources.

A key feature of the FTSS is that the entire system can be remotely managed and controlled using Ethernet interfaces via Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP). All internal equipment items are individually network-managed, allowing the customer to build the FTSS into a high level Network Management System.

About Brandywine Communications
Headquartered in Tustin CA, Brandywine Communications is a privately held company serving a wide variety of Government and commercial markets with products for precise time and frequency synchronization. Additional information about Brandywine Communications is available at http://www.brandywinecomm.com.

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