Satcom Links Work On Choppers

March 19, 2013
Hughes has demonstrated the capability of operating satcom links on board helicopters, even with working through the rotors.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC has successfully demonstrated high-throughput video and data over satellite-communications (satcom) links on a variety of different helicopters. The firm used an advanced waveform technology and its new communications-on-the-move (COTM) microsat system for zero packet loss on transmission and reception through the rotor blades, over both Ka and Ku-band satellite channels. Tests were conducted on a variety of military and commercial helicopters in both static and in-flight environments that included numerous pitch, bank, and roll maneuvers. 

According to Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, “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—unlike other single-use solutions.” The system successfully transmitted full motion video (FMV) beyond the line-of-sight (BLoS) through the rotor blades over both conventional Ku-band global beam and Ka-band global or spot beam satellites. To learn more, click here.

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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