Skybrokers exchanged an elevation jack of a VertexRSI 11.1m antenna for Media Broadcast Satellite in Germany

Skybrokers exchanged an elevation jack of a VertexRSI 11.1m antenna

Skybrokers was requested to exchange a faulty elevation jack of a VertexRSI 11.1m Earth Station Antenna located at Media Broadcast Satellite teleport in Usingen, Germany. The installation team exchanged the jack using a tailor made support frame to stabilize the main reflector. Lifting operations and replacement could be done in an efficient way. The project was successfully executed in June 2018.

Media Broadcast Satellite (MBS) in Usingen near Frankfurt, Germany, is one of the world’s largest teleport operators. It has successfully been implementing and operating communication solutions for globally active customers since the 1970’s. The company offers tailor-made solutions for the areas of broadcast, data, teleport and data centers.

MBS can reach satellites between 76° East and 60° West through more than 135 antennas in the Ku-, Ka- and C-band, and operates a NOC 24/7/365.

The area of 140 hectares of today’s Earth Station was used as an ammunition depot and field airfield during World War II. After the war, the site was taken over by what was then the Deutsche Bundespost and a shortwave station was built in 1955. In 1979 the first parabolic antenna was built. It has a diameter of 18.3 meters. Two further antennas, each 19.5 meters in diameter, followed in the early 1980s.

The Earth Station was built by the Deutsche Bundespost and has been in operation since 1977. In 2008 it was taken over by the French broadcaster TDF, who sold it on to three senior managers of the facility in 2019 in a management buy-out.

In mid-2015, Media Broadcast, GmbH outsourced the operation of the Earth Station and the entire satellite business to its own subsidiary, Media Broadcast Satellite, GmbH. That became independent In 2016.

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Hi Walter, everything went smooth and the 11.1m antenna works fine again. Thanks a lot for quick replacement of the EL jack!

Peter Tannert
Planning & Engineering, Media Broadcast Satellite Teleport Usingen, Germany