Boeing has tested the capabilities of a commercial satellite to securely transmit a government signal as part of U.S. Air Force research that aims to find cost-effective alternatives for protected communications pathways.
A goal of the demonstration held in July was to show how the Pentagon can incorporate an anti-jam bandwidth to protect tactical information transferred via ViaSat-1, Boeing said Wednesday.
Craig Cooning, Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems vice president and general manager, said the company's team took nine months to develop and execute the project.
Boeing conducted the experiment, which has never been done before, as one of contractors involved in an Air Force study titled “Protected Military Satellite Communications Design for Affordability Risk Reduction.“
The project could mean that the government would not have to build new satellites to utilize new communication pathways, according to the Boeing statement.