Luso Electronics, a UK based supplier of satcom products, engineering components for machinery and power electronic products, has appointed Geoff Smith as Principal Engineer of its Microwave division. The move follows the company’s official opening of a new design and manufacturing facility in Luton, England, that delivers fully integrated turn-key installations and microwave products to customers primarily in commercial and military satellite communication markets.

Geoff will be responsible for engineering, delivery and project management of satellite earth station projects undertaken by the company. He has vast experience in satellite engineering, having spent over 17 years at Arqiva developing the innovative 28.2east DTH system and thereafter installing many earth stations transmitting varying traffic on a global basis.

Prior to this role, Geoff developed the SNG truck building business for Advent Communications and managed the design, implementation and maintenance of earth station projects meeting high specifications at low cost. Earlier in his career, he spent over a decade working as a mechanical engineer for British Aerospace with a focus on both stress and structural engineering.

David Zelkha, Managing Director of Luso Electronics, commented: “We are pleased to welcome Geoff to our growing microwave business. His knowledge and expertise will strengthen our ability to offer a full range of engineering design, manufacture, installation and support services.”

The new appointment comes at the same time as Luso launching the development of its own 1.2 to 3.6m fixed to fully tracking antennas in C Band and KA band at IBC held in Amsterdam.

“I’m very excited to join Luso and I look forward to helping to deliver a complete one-stop design, production, installation and maintenance service to customers of its microwave division. Luso has seen impressive growth recently and I’m keen to support its future expansion,” added Geoff Smith.

While most European microwave product providers simply supply components, Luso has been designing, developing, testing, installing and servicing tailored microwave and high-quality radio frequency (RF) systems and component solutions since 2001.

Luso’s new manufacturing facility in Luton has already made a significant impact to improving the company’s manufacturing capability and delivery times as well as offering greater flexibility to customers with specific design needs. RoHS compliant satcom products manufactured on site including Vsat antennas, switching systems, waveguide assemblies, filters, diplexers, adapters and associated electronic components.