VertexRSI offers the full range of earth station and base station communications products. VertexRSI is specialized in fixed and mobile satellite communication gateways, antennas, high power amplifiers, baseband products, frequency converters, controls and microwave components. VertexRSI offers design and engineering support as preparation for the installation.
The company was founded in 1973 and operates as subsidiary of General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, a business unit of General Dynamics C4 Systems, based in the USA. VertexRSI was owned by Tripoint Global, a privately held company in New York who bought VertexRSI in 1999 from Vertex Corp. Tripoint Global was composed that time of RSI, Prodelin, Gabriel Electronics & Microwave and CSA Wireless Communications. GDSatcom acquired Trpoint Global in 2004.
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It is hard to find facts of the rich history of Vertex Communications - VertexRSI and all companies that have been involved before and after the founding of it. With our research we found bits and pieces and have tried to mention these in a chronological way.
An Engineer from South Plains named J. Rex Vardeman began working at LTV Electrosystems (a division of LTV Corporation) later to become E–Systems, Inc. Vardeman served in several progressively responsible engineering and management positions related to the development of standards and the design of large satellite communications earth station antennas.
In 1973, Vardeman and A. Don Branum founded Radio Mechanical Structures, Inc. (RMS) in Kilgore Texas that was sold in 1977 to Harris Corp. The acquisition would form Harris Satellite Communications as a division of Harris Corp.
Vardeman served as Vice President and General Manager and a Director and Branum as Vice President and Director until the acquisition.
In 1984, Vardeman, Branum, and other key employees purchased Harris Antenna Operations and formed Vertex Communications Corporation, where Vardeman served as Chairman of the Board, CEO, and President and Branum as Senior Vice President and Director of the company from April 1994 to April 1998.
Vertex acquired the plant's assets and would continue to design, manufacture and install large antennas. The satellite communications division was marketing the Vertex antenna line under the Harris label, and would design and manufacture its own line of smaller, state-of-the-art antennas.
This publicly–held Texas Corporation was a world leader in the design, manufacture, and field installation of precision satellite communications earth station antennas for commercial use. Clients include AT&T, General Electric, GTE, MCI, and a multi–million-dollar contract for a new satellite distribution system for the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS).
Vertex Antennentechnik, GmbH
Back in 1963 KRUPP company located in Duisburg, Germany accepted a contract for the design and construction of a 20m radio telescope for the observatory in Bochum, Germany. Within the KRUPP research division, a team of highly qualified engineers was formed and requested to construct large antennas. With follow-up contracts: the 28.5 m antenna Raisting II for the newly satellite communications technology and the design, development, and construction of the 100m radio telescope Effelsberg for the Max-Planck-Gesellschaft, allowed KRUPP Antennentechnik to established itself in this niche market.
During the initial phase, the product range primarily comprised large antennas structures with considerable financial volume. In 1992 the KRUPP Antennentechnik was acquired by US based Vertex Communications Corporation acquired KRUPP when the company name was changed to Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH. The product range portfolio was expanded with complete precision antennas, kingpost antennas, and other satcom products. At the same time, the Radio Frequency department emerged; allowing Vertex Antennentechnik to offer complete ground stations to its customer base.
Solutions from Vertex Antennentechnik were used in Spacecom AMOS-5 spacecraft from Israel, the Telcom-3 spacecraft from Indonesia, for Russian satellite operators such as RSCC, RuSat, ISS Reshetnev, Orange Business Service, VSAT-Tel, and Gazprom Space Systems.
The consolidation into Tripoint global together with Vertex, RSI, TIW and Prodelin took place in 2002. Currently, Vertex Antennentechnik operates within the Mission Systems Division General Dynamics Corporation.
Vertex Communications Corporation was organized in wholly owned subsidiaries and included:
- Vertex Satcom Systems, Inc. (formerly known as TIW Systems, Inc.), headquartered in Santa Clara, California;
- Vertex Antenna Systems, LLC (formerly a division of TIW Systems, Inc.), a Nevada limited liability company with its principal office in Santa Clara, California;
- Vertex Microwave Products, Inc. (formerly known as Gamma-f Corp.), a Nevada corporation headquartered in Torrance, California;
- Vertex Electronic Products, Inc. (formerly known as Maxtech, Inc.), located in State College, Pennsylvania;
- Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH, with its headquarters in Duisburg, Germany;
- Vertex Foreign Sales Corporation with its office in St. Thomas, The Virgin Islands;
- Vertex International, Ltd., formed under the laws of England.
TIW Systems was founded in 1976 as a company specializing in design and manufacture of full motion, full performance antennas for satellite communications, military and scientific markets. TIW has expanded its expertise over the past 20+ years to include earth station systems, satellite communications networks and networking equipment, and components of satellite earth stations, such as frequency converters, modems, uplink power controllers, and earth station monitor and control systems. In the past, TIW Systems has been the primary supplier of antenna systems to the Jet Propulsion Laboratories for the NASA Deep Space Network; supplied equipment to SES in Luxembourg in support of Astra direct-to-home television broadcast satellites, Provided the Lewis Space Center TT&C antenna, and provided Canada's Radarsat antennas and Taiwan's ROCSAT antennas.
TIW currently designs, manufactures, and supports a full line of telecommunications network systems and related RF, IF, and baseband equipment used in satellite communications. The complete line of FlexiDAMA VSAT network products facilitated voice, data, Internet, LAN, and video communications. System timing and frequency references are provided by a built-in global positioning system (GPS) receiver function. FlexiDAMA provides on-demand circuits for connection to the Internet, to databases, and to telephone systems in regions where the terrestrial telephone circuits are either unavailable or are of unacceptable quality. Recently, TIW has supplied FlexiDAMA and MC-TDMA networks to ISTRAC in India for voice, data and video transmissions; GNFC, India, for Internet services; and the Royal Thai Air Force for air traffic control. TIW is an ISO 9001 certified facility.
Vertex has been named by Forbes Magazine as one of the '200 Best Small Companies in America'. Vardeman, that time the company’s largest individual stockholder, was responsible for much of its success and has been credited for many of the technological advances in this industry. His management style was one of teamwork and close communication with respected employees and co–workers.
The annual sales of the Vertex antenna division were 75.5million USD in 1997, 100million USD in ‘98 and 96 million USD in ‘99.
In Q3 of 1999, the Company announced plans to abandon its networking products technology business line and redirected certain related resources.
VertexRSI nowadays operates as subsidiary of General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies, a business unit of General Dynamics C4 Systems, based in the USA. VertexRSI was owned by Tripoint Global, a privately held company in New York who bought VertexRSI in 1999 from Vertex Corp. Tripoint Global was composed that time of RSI, Prodelin, Gabriel Electronics & Microwave and CSA Wireless Communications. GDSatcom acquired Trpoint Global in 2004.
Variety of Earth Station Antenna designs
A variety of Earth Station antennas were produced over the years. Vertex produced two different designs of the 6.1m antenna; the 6.1m Delta Gain design and did not have the subreflector support by 4 legs. This subreflector was supported by a fiberglass support which mounted directly on the feed.
The second 6.1m was available in Ku-band only and it did have the normal subreflector (Cassegrain design).
The 6.1m tools and production rights were acquired by Patriot Antenna Systems to expand their line of Rx-only antennas for broadcast, radio and cable market. British manufacturing and Defence Company Cobham Plc bought Patriot later on in 2007. In 2011 the Patriot production facility in Albion, Michigan was relocated to Cobham's Orlando, Florida facilities in the USA. This resulted in the closure of the Patriot plant.
1964; International Telecommunications Satellite Consortium (Intelsat) was formed.
1965; Hughes Aircraft manufactured the first commercial geostationary satellite: The Early Bird.
1965; COMSAT designs and installs three giant Earth Stations. Another 65 would follow.
1966; Intelsat II satellite failed to launch.
1968; Radiation Systems, Inc. (RSI) is founded.
1970; Gabriel Microwave Antennas is founded.
1973; Vertex Communications Corp. is founded.
1981; Vertex Estonia AS is founded.
1987; Prodelin Corporation is founded.
1992; Patriot Antenna Systems, Inc. is formed and is located in Michigan USA.
1992; KRUPP Antennentechnik GmbH became independent from KRUPP and is renamed into Vertex Antennentechnik GmbH, head quartered in Duisburg, Germany.
1993; Vertex Communications, Corp. acquires assets from German Antenna Group Industrietechnik GmbH.
1994; COMSAT Corp. acquires Radiation Systems, Inc. (RSI) and merges RSI with Comsat Technology Services to become COMSAT RSI.
1995; COMSAT RSI acquires VSAT manufacturer Intelesys, Inc.
1995; Vertex Corp. acquires Maxtech, Inc, manufacturer of microwave products.
1997; COMSAT Corp. business unit COMSAT RSI ceases business operations.
1998; New York based and privately held TBG Industries, Inc. buys COMSAT RSI business unit from COMSAT Corp.
1999; Tripoint Global Communications acquires Vertex Communications, Inc. for a 120 million USD deal.
2000; Tripoint Global Communications forms a new business unit VertexRSI.
2000; Lockheed Martin acquires COMSAT Corp.
2000; Tripoint Global Communications acquires Prodelin Corp. and CSA Wireless.
2002; Tripoint Global Communications acquires the assets of Gabriel Electronics & Microwave and will be manufactured under the Prodelin brand.
2002; Patriot Antenna Systems acquires 6.1m tooling and production rights from Vertex Corporation. The antenna will be marketed and sold under the Patriot name.
2004; Tripoint Global Communications acquires Channel Master International GmbH.
2004; General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies as part of General Dynamics C4 Systems acquires Tripoint Global Communications.
2005; General Dynamics C4 Systems awarded a 169 million USD contract for the ALMA project in Chile. VertexRSI is performing the assembly of the telescope antennas
2007; Cobham SATCOM, a business unit of the British Manufacturing & Defense Company Cobham Plc. acquires Patriot Antenna Systems for their commercial and military antenna systems.
2011; Cobham Plc. closes Patriot Antenna plant in Albion, Michigan USA and relocates production to Cobham's facilities in Orlando, Fla, USA.
2015; mWAVE Industries, LLC, established in 2004 and designer and manufacturer standard and custom microwave antenna products acquired all assets and IP of the Gabriel and Mark Antenna Brands.
Vertex Antenna 4.6m Cassegrain Ku-band Rx/Tx 4-Port (USED)
Vertex Antenna 9m Ku-band Cassegrain Rx/Tx 4-port feed motorized Pedestal Mount and de-icing (USED)
Vertex Antenna 6.1m Ka-band Rx/Tx 2-Port Linear (USED)
Vertex Antenna 4.6m Cassegrain Ku-Band Rx/Tx 4-Port Feed non-motorized with motorizable mount (USED)
Vertex Antenna 3.8m Dual Reflector Ku-Band Rx/Tx 2-Port LP Feed non-motorized (USED)
Vertex Antenna 9m DBS-band Cassegrain Rx/Tx 4-port feed motorized Pedestal Mount and de-icing (USED)
Vertex Antenna 6.1m C-band Compact Cassegrain Rx/Tx 4-port LP feed with Motorizable mount (USED)
Vertex Antenna 4.8m Cassegrain Ku-Band Rx/Tx 4-Port Feed Motorized & tracking full de-iced (USED)
Vertex Antenna 6.1m C-band Compact Cassegrain Rx/Tx 2-port CP feed with 2-Axis Motorizable mount (USED)
Vertex Antenna 9m DBS-band Cassegrain Rx/Tx 4-port feed motorized Pedestal Mount and de-icing (USED) (copy)
Vertex Antenna 6.1m KPK Compact Cassegrain Ku-band Rx/Tx 4-port LP feed 2-Axis Motorized (USED)
Vertex, Antenna, 6.1m, Ka-band, Rx/Tx, 2-Port Linear (USED)
Vertex Digital Ku-band Tracking - Beacon Receiver model TRK-14
Vertex Digital C-band Tracking - Beacon Receiver model TRC-14
Vertex Antenna 4.6m C-band Compact Cassegrain (Delta Gain) Rx/Tx 2-port LP or CP feed with Motorizable mount and AZ/EL jackscrews (USED)
Vertex Digital C-band Tracking - Beacon Receiver model TRC-14
RSI (VertexRSI) Antenna 16.4m Extended C-band Cassegrain Rx/Tx 4-port CP feed motorized with tracking & LNA system (USED)