New Government Mobility Applications

Advances in flat-panel antenna technology combined with high-throughput satellites (HTS) are opening up new mobility applications for government users. As we wrote in an earlier blog, the design makes satellite communications a viable option for new airborne, maritime, and ground-mobile applications.  Recognizing the advantages of small, flat panel antennas, Intelsat has invested in Kymeta Corp. …

New Satellite Technology Increases Versatility of Rotary Platforms

“If you are in trouble anywhere in the world, an airplane can fly over and drop flowers, but a helicopter can land and save your life.” – Igor Sikorsky, Aviation Pioneer Governments around the world face a challenge with their aging fleets of rotary aircraft, often referred to as helicopters. The incredible versatility of rotary …

Ku-band vs. Ka-band – Separating Fact from Fiction

The launch of next-generation high-throughput satellite (HTS) constellations by multiple commercial operators has ushered in a new age of performance in satellite communications. It has also reinvigorated an enduring debate within the industry regarding which frequency is superior: Ku-band vs. Ka-band. With that debate has come many mischaracterizations and obfuscations regarding the power, resiliency and …

Intellian Higher Power GX terminal for High Throughput

The GX100HP is a 1m Ka-band maritime terminal that is type approved for use on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network and for its maritime Fleet Xpress service. The increased BUC output power to 10W on the Ka band supports greater throughput in response to customer requests to push even more traffic through the network. The increase in …

Marine Corps Embraces High-Throughput Satellites to Complete Military Operations

Communications have always played a vital role in U.S. Marine Corps operations, but that role has grown increasingly important as technology has evolved. Today’s high-throughput satellites (HTS) empower commanders to make informed decisions faster, making satellite communications a strategic asset during missions—and increasing the Marine Corps’ reliance on advanced satellite technologies. “Thirty years ago, communications …

SMC Pilot Program 2 Looks at a Flexible Modem Interface to Enable Roaming Across Multiple Satellite Platforms

Most space-based military communications travel over commercial satellites, and the need for more capacity and capabilities increases every year. For that reason, the U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) launched the COMSATCOM Pilot Program, to help enable more flexible and resilient military communications. The Pilot Program has reached Stage 2, which calls …

Immediate and Reliable Communications During Disasters Require Planning

During a disaster, whether natural or man-made, restoring and maintaining communications is critical. Recent research and guidance issued by the Satellite Industry Association (SIA) reflects the importance of incorporating satellite services in an emergency response plan to facilitate communications before, during, and after a disaster. “Because satellite-based solutions provide an unparalleled level of reliability and …

Space Resiliency with Intelsat EpicNG Satellites

Leaders of government and military agencies increasingly acknowledge that space is a contested domain with operations requiring a greater need for resiliency. In order for the United States to maintain its leadership in space, satellites and communications networks must be able to withstand attacks and, if and when they occur, be able to recover quickly. …

Iridium-7 Target Launch Date Announced

Iridium Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: IRDM) announced today that the seventh Iridium NEXT mission has been targeted by SpaceX for launch on July 20, 2018, from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The Falcon 9 rocket will launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low Earth orbit (LEO) from Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB) in California at …

Iridium disrupts Inmarsat’s GMDSS Monopoly

WASHINGTON — The UN certified Iridium Communications to provide Global Maritime Distress Safety System (GMDSS) services, ending Inmarsat’s monopoly on the internationally required service for ships, Iridium said May 21. The certification, granted by the UN’s International Maritime Organization, marks the culmination of a five-year effort that occasionally turned nasty between fleet operators Iridium and …