Northrop Grumman has handed the U.S. Air Force a second payload to be installed on government-operated satellites that are designed to provide extremely high frequency protected communications in the North Pole region.
The payload was developed for the U.S. Air Force‘s Enhanced Polar System and uses components originally designed for advanced EHF military communication satellites, Northrop said Wednesday.
The EPS network is meant to replace the Interim Polar System that is currently on orbit.
Northrop says the hosted payloads have an onboard processing unit intended to address reduced mission capacity requirements.
EPS payloads are also designed to combine functions of the AEHF hardware systems into one extended data rate processing unit.