BAE Engineering Team Tests UK Aircraft SATCOM System; John Airey Comments

satellite airforceA team of engineers from BAE Systems, Astrium and Avanti Communications have tested a Ka-band satellite for the U.K.’s aircraft communications system, Satnews Daily reported Wednesday.

The team worked to transmit large volumes of data to space using a communications corridor within the Ka-band at Astrium’s Poynton, Cheshire-based manufacturing site, according to the report.

“Transferring data in this way offers distinct advantages especially for UAVs which need to quickly and securely transfer large amounts of data during mission phases,” John Airey from BAE’s future combat air systems business told the publication.

Engineers connected the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Mission System and related Unmanned Air System Control Station to the Astrium Air Patrol Ka-band Satellite Communications System, which in turn was absorbed by an Astrium-built communication platform, the report said.

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