Hughes Demos New Video, Data Satellite System; Rick Lober Comments

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Rick Lober

Hughes Network Systems has developed a new microsat system to transmit video and data over satellite communications links, using several types of platforms.

The company’s communications-on-the-move microsat system transmitted full-motion video through an aircraft’s rotor blades without packet loss during a recent test, Hughes said Monday.

Hughes tested the system on both different military and commercial helicopters in both static and in-flight conditions such as pitch, bank and roll maneuvers over Ka- and Ku-band SATCOM channels.

According to the company, the microsat system is intended to work with commercial airborne antennas and integrate with government, military and commercial platforms.

“Our new microsat technology is ideal for C2 and ISR missions in all airborne as well as maritime and land environments, combining patented waveform design on a proven, and common platform for all applications,” said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes’ defense and intelligence systems Division.

The system comes from Hughes’ HX satellite broadband platform, which the company says meets the Federal Information Processing level 2 encryption standard.

It uses patented and patent-pending waveform technology, Hughes said.

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