SED operations are located in an 11,600 square meter (125,000 square foot) custom-built facility in Saskatoon. The facility includes 4,000 square meters (43,000 square feet) of manufacturing and integration space, and because of the open-architecture of this area, new production lines can be accommodated with minimal disruption and low renovation costs.
The building is fully secure and is protected via a security system that monitors the facility and provides audible and call-up alarms for all anomalies including fire, intrusion, and electrical and HVAC problems. Computer systems are backed-up regularly with copies of critical data stored off-site.
SED is host to the Ciel-2 TT&C facility and the communications gateway for a new generation mobile satellite system. This building is located adjacent to our existing facility and includes three limited motion 11m antennas and one limited motion 7m antenna. The facility is fully secure and is equipped with redundant power including diesel generator backup and fully redundant telecommunications links. The building and land area has additional capacity to host new systems and to host additional antenna systems.
The Canadian Space Agency's Telemetry, Tracking and Command station for RADARSAT is located adjacent to SED's facility.
Our location and close association with the University of Saskatchewan give us ready access to a highly-skilled technical work force at very competitive labor rates. There is also a ready pool of semi-technical resources available in the community that SED draws upon for its assembly and integration requirements. SED enjoys remarkably low turnover in its staff, a factor that makes a significant contribution to our overall efficiency as a company.