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Get SAT Introduces New Micronized Mobile Broadband SATCOM Terminals for SES’s O3b network
January 20, 2022

Versatile, Lightweight SATCOM Terminals Support Market-leading Data Communications on the Move Solutions Powered by SES’s O3b constellation

Rehovot, Israel – Jan 20, 2022 – Get SAT, a leading manufacturer of efficient portable satcom terminals offering high data-rate satellite communication for ground, air and maritime applications, announced it's Milli SAT H and Milli SAT W have been successfully tested on the SES’s O3b network and can provide versatile data communications of up to 20 Mbps for mobile applications. Unlike other terminals in the industry which require two terminals to be used with the O3b constellation operating in medium earth orbit (MEO), Get SAT terminals users can use a single terminal weighing around 15kg to access the O3b network. Operation includes seamless handover from satellite to satellite, leading to significant savings on equipment, installation, and maintenance.

SES’s O3b is the only commercially successful non-geostationary satellite communications system providing high-throughput, low-latency, carrier-grade capabilities for a variety of applications, including communications on the move (COTM). Ranging from 20-60 cm, Get SAT’s micronized terminals are designed to deliver broadband communications with a high data rate and low latency. Combined with SES’s O3b, Get SAT’s terminals provide highly versatile solutions for applications that require smaller terminals, delivering an in-vehicle on-the-move broadband experience for a mobile office or tactical missions. The lightweight LM terminals also boast a significant SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) position within the government market, to work effectively with Class 2 UAVs.

As the leading provider of a new generation small terminals, Get SAT sets the standard for lightweight, small-sized, and low-power consumption communication devices. The company’s advanced-tracking technologies, specifically designed for on-the-move applications, apply a miniaturized interlaced flat panel antenna that combines receive and transmit elements and is capable of moving at speeds of 200 degrees per second. Get SAT terminals support extremely dynamic platforms. The data transfer rate is being kept while on the move in challenging environmental conditions, which are enabled by the quick and seamless handover between O3b satellites.

“Get SAT’s unique terminal solution brings the power of SES’s low-latency, high-throughput O3b service to the tactical edge, enabling any government vehicle to operate on-the-move with the full set of live video, situational awareness and cloud-based tools critical to government operations,” said Jack Deasy, VP of Government Product Management at SES. “With our next-generation soon-to-be-launched constellation, O3b mPOWER, we will be deepening our collaboration with Get SAT to develop and test expanded services.”

“Our terminals achieve much more at a smaller size and weight. By moving to a single terminal, customers on O3b networks can simplify installation challenges, and optimize location placement on mobile platforms,” commented Get SAT CEO Kfir Benjamin. “We are proud to be a leader of easy to implement ‘on-the-move’ broadband communications programs.”
Get SAT’s terminals are based on the patented InterFLAT flat panel antenna technologies, which miniaturize components without sacrificing quality. Get SAT is an industry leader, as it creates next-generation terminals and solutions engineered specifically to provide fast, reliable communications for on-the-move applications.

Meet us at booth #1043, Satellite 2022 Show at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center.

About Get SAT
A privately held company located in Rehovot, Israel, Get SAT Communications provides portable and extremely efficient antenna and terminals that offer high-data-rate satellite communication for ground, air, and maritime applications. Get SAT provides services for government and military use, enterprises, first responders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and humanitarian groups. 

Press Contacts
Get SAT
Ayala Pinhasi
+972-76-5300-700 #122
+1-571-501-5150
info@getsat.com

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TEKEVER AR5 UAV successfully deployed using SES’s Governmental Pooling and Sharing System
October 4, 2021

Tekever and Get SAT collaborated in the framework of the SES-led ESA project PACIS-1, designed to guarantee communication services to governments and organizations through Pooling and Sharing

Lisbon, Portugal – October 4th, 2021 – Tekever, a global aerospace and defence company, announced the successful deployment of the Tekever UAV AR5 over Portugal’s west coast, using satellite communications services developed in the framework of the European Space Agency (ESA) programme aimed at developing Pooling and Sharing systems. Known as PACIS-1, the project was deployed by the consortium led by SES’s wholly owned subsidiary SES Techcom.

SES Techcom’s ISR demonstration in Portugal was enabled by the company’s high-performance managed satellite communications service which seamlessly integrated the ecosystem partners’ capabilities. As part of the demo, Get SAT’s innovative multi-orbit terminal supported the mission requirements needed at a low SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) to complete the mission. Once airborne, the terminal was activated for the Beyond Radio Line of Sight mission, with SES’s ubiquitous coverage via satcom providing connectivity for the flight. Tekever’s AR5 UAV live streamed HD video and collected data from the Maritime Moving Target Indicator (MMTI), video footage, and electro-optical/infra-red (EO/IR).

“As part of the PACIS-1 project with ESA, we brought together an ecosystem of partners to develop the Pooling and Sharing System that benefits governmental and institutional end users, giving them access to top of the range defence and civil capabilities in the most efficient way, anytime they need it,” said Alan Kuresevic, Managing Director at SES Techcom. “The demonstration we held in Portugal showcased a seamless high-performance ISR service that integrates partner capabilities and that is enabled via a satellite communications network. Through access to SES’s multi-orbit fleet, more of secure and resilient communications on the move can be enabled, ensuring reach for all types of critical operations, whether in the air, at sea or on land.”

“We are very glad to take part of the multiple end user satellite service demonstrations conducted during this project and contribute to showcase the benefits of Pooling and Sharing systems”, said Ricardo Mendes, Tekever CEO. “They truly enhance Tekever AR5 performance and address the needs of European governments for simple and easy access to secure satellite communications that can leverage their existing operational capabilities in areas such as civil protection and maritime surveillance”.

“We were pleased with the resiliency and beam switching demonstrated during this deployment”, said Kfir Benjamin, CEO at Get SAT. “During the course of the mission the Get SAT terminal provided the necessary throughput and demonstrated its multiple-satellite support capabilities”.

The PACIS-1 project led by SES Techcom is intended to provide Governments and Institutions with secure services over different governmental and commercial satellites and across several frequency bands. Once fully operational, the PACIS-1 project will offer users guaranteed service access, so they can quickly communicate anytime, anywhere.

Get SAT offers compact, all-in-one, innovative, multi-band SATCOM solutions that are deployable on platforms across sea, land and airborne operational environments. Get SAT units operate on both GEO and MEO satellite constellations and support seamless data transfer over satellite links. For the demo in Portugal, the Get SAT Milli SAT H LW KU band with 55W BUC terminal secured a link within three minutes.

About TEKEVER
TEKEVER offers a revolutionary UAS-based surveillance-as-a-service solution, delivering actionable real-time intelligence across ultra-wide areas. With absolute focus on gathering intelligence to support the most demanding missions, TEKEVER’s UAS product-line is designed and engineered to deliver the most advanced technical and operational capabilities, with extreme ease of use, and a business model that makes easily available at a global scale. TEKEVER has Engineering and Production facilities in the United Kingdom and Portugal, and works closely with a global partner network to provide local support to customers worldwide.

The PACIS-1 project dovetails with Tekever’s European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) contract to establish Europe’s first unmanned commercial maritime surveillance and environmental monitoring services, which could be worth as much as EUR 77 million. The solution is being used to monitor trafficking, illegal migration, and IUU (Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated) fishing.

POC:
Filipa Martins
filipa.martins@tekever.com

About SES Techcom
SES Techcom is a wholly owned subsidiary of SES that develops and delivers innovative and tailored end-to-end satellite-enabled solutions and services to governmental, institutional and supranational partners and customers. Leveraging its expertise in managing complex system integration projects, the company is a longstanding partner for institutional customers such as the European Commission and ESA on quantum communication infrastructure, navigation, defence & security, humanitarian and disaster response initiatives. Further information is available at: www.ses-techcom.com

PACIS-1
PACIS-1 is part of the ESA programme aimed at developing Pooling and Sharing Systems (artes.esa.int/4s-govsatcom-precursor) and the first step in demonstrating how the European space industry can support the European Union’s GOVSATCOM initiative and leverage governmental and commercial satellite services to provide secure access to satellite communications for a wide range of governmental applications. The project led by SES’s fully owned affiliate SES Techcom, was designed to put in place the architecture and service concept of PACIS-1, leveraging the space assets and ground infrastructure of the stakeholders involved in the project. Other industrial partners that have joined the consortium included Redu Space Services, GovSat, ST Engineering iDirect (Europe), QinetiQ and Tekever, and provided specific technological contributions, including engineering, satellite capacity, commercial, project management and other services.

 About SES
SES has a bold vision to deliver amazing experiences everywhere on Earth by distributing the highest quality video content and providing seamless connectivity around the world. As the leader in global content connectivity solutions, SES operates the world’s only multi-orbit constellation of satellites with the unique combination of global coverage and high performance, including the commercially proven, low-latency Medium Earth Orbit O3b system. By leveraging a vast and intelligent, cloud-enabled network, SES is able to deliver high-quality connectivity solutions anywhere on land, at sea or in the air, and is a trusted partner to the world’s leading telecommunications companies, mobile network operators, governments, connectivity and cloud service providers, broadcasters, video platform operators and content owners. SES’s video network carries over 8,650 channels and has an unparalleled reach of 361 million households, delivering managed media services for both linear and non-linear content. The company is listed on Paris and Luxembourg stock exchanges (Ticker: SESG). Further information is available at: www.ses.com.

About Get SAT
Get SAT is the leading provider of Micronized Satellite Terminals. The InterFlat is the latest breakthrough in antenna panel technology, providing the world’s highest efficiency performance in the smallest package. Combining the InterFlat with our state-of-the-art control and tracking mechanism, creates the most powerful and fully contained satellite terminal system. The InterFlat is a leap forward in capability and SWaP, enabling us to provide truly portable, full duplex, wide-band satellite communications. Get SAT customers include top tier defence, commercial and technology companies. The Get SAT team is composed of industry leading experts with multi-disciplinary skills, dedicated to providing an exceptional, agile and affordable customer experience.

Get SAT CONTACT:
Ayala Pinhasi
+972-76-5300700
info@getsat.com

About ESA
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. ESA is an intergovernmental organisation, created in 1975, with the mission to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. European Space Agency (esa.int)

TIA
The Telecommunications and Integrated Applications Directorate (TIA) supports innovation to boost the competitiveness of European industry in the global space market. This involves a wide range of activities, from space-based technology, systems, product for telecommunications development to the down-to-Earth application of space-based services. It also calls for engagement with a wide range of industrial, academic and institutional partners.

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Spacecom and Get SAT Demonstrated Superior Results for Micro Sling Blade Ka-Band ESA on AMOS-17 Advanced Satellite
August 18, 2021

Extraordinary Downlink & Uplink Speeds Reached on Powerful AMOS-17 Digital Satellite by Get SAT’s Fully Electronic, Super Low-Profile Ka-Band Satcom-On-The-Move Terminal

Tel Aviv, ISRAEL – August 18, 2021: Spacecom (Tel Aviv Stock Exchange: SCC), the satellite services provider and owner-operator of the AMOS satellite fleet, and Get SAT, an innovator in small, lightweight satellite communication terminals for airborne, ground, and maritime applications, today announced the successful testing of Get SAT’s next generation Micro Sling Blade Ka-Band Satcom-On-The-Move terminal on AMOS-17’s advanced, digital Ka-Band. The test was hosted at the SMS Teleport in Rugby, UK.

AMOS-17, the most advanced HTS satellite serving Africa, was chosen by Get SAT for testing its newest electronically steered antenna (ESA), bringing together optimal G/T and a high performing satellite terminal that resulted in an unparalleled throughput of 5 MBPS forward and 25 MBPS return rate.
This combination of AMOS-17’s capabilities and the Get SAT Micro Sling Blade ESA offers superior performance satellite communication, flexible solutions, and competitive advantages for customers in aviation and land-on-the-move markets.

Get SAT’s scalable ESA terminal is a fully integrated, all-in-one, modem-agnostic solution that includes a built-in Get SAT Micro Modem and GS950 modem (iDirect 950). As an off-the-shelf, end-to-end terminal with industry leading SWaP and no trade-offs, it provides reliable communications at a low-profile to meet a range of governments, defense, and first responder applications.

“The Micro Sling Blade’s successful proof of concept testing with Spacecom’s AMOS-17 satellite is another step forward,” said Kfir Benjamin, Get SAT’s CEO. “Get SAT is now beginning to supply this super low-profile ESA to government and defense customers requiring powerful, lightweight SWaP solutions.”
Spacecom Senior VP Business Development & Marketing Ofer Asif added, “The AMOS-17 is an advanced digital platform serving an array of customers in a wide range of applications. We are keen to work with companies such as Get SAT that bring new and exciting applications to the market.”

About Get SAT:
A privately held company located in Rehovot, Israel, Get SAT Communications provides affordable, portable, and extremely efficient antenna and terminals that offer high-data-rate communications for ground, air, and maritime applications. Get SAT provides services for government and military use, enterprises, first responders, non-governmental organizations (NGOs) and humanitarian groups.

For more information, please visit www.getsat.com
Please contact info@getsat.com

About Spacecom:
Spacecom (TASE: SCC) is a satellite communication service provider and proprietary owner-operator of the AMOS satellite fleet. Its strategically located satellites, AMOS-3 and AMOS-7 co-located at 4°W, AMOS-4 at 65°E, and AMOS-17 at 17°E, provide vast, reliable coverage over Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East.

AMOS-17, its most recent addition, is a fully digital and advanced High Throughput Satellite (HTS) expanding Spacecom’s reach over Africa, Middle East and Asia.

Since 1992, the company has been innovating, serving as a partner to customers, providing satellite connectivity, network optimization technologies, consultation, and tailored solutions to suit its partners’ specific needs to drive business growth.
Spacecom’s solutions include managed services, professional services, turn-key solutions, Cellular Backhaul, trunking solutions as well as broadcast, data and broadband satellite services. Customers include ISPs, telecom and MNO operators, DTH / OTT operators, network integrators and government agencies, among others.

For more information, visit: www.amos-spacecom.com
Please contact Yair Goldstein at yair.goldstein@amos-spacecom.com

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Case Study: Near-real time Situational Awareness Management (ISR)
June 29, 2021

About ISR

Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) systems provide mission-critical information of the operational landscape, or border control on the ground or sea below. Used to aid decision makers and operational units, and commanders across the globe.  The speed in which this data is delivered, the accuracy of the data and clarity are vital in making life saving decisions. 

Supporting the end User

Get Sat proudly supports EU sovereignty efforts across the entire continent. We provide equipment and services that enable monitoring for government agencies and private companies alike, relating to border patrol, tracking illegal activity, environmental monitoring, and providing humanitarian aid.  Coupled with the Get Sat solution our customer is able to provide near-real time connectivity to end users across the globe assisting in illegal drug seizures in the tens of millions and saving migrant lives across the Mediterranean and beyond. 

Challenge

Our equipment enables our customer to patrol land, air, and sea, providing the eye in the sky. SATCOM guarantees operational commanders receive data in near-real time in a much needed and advanced C4ISR solution (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance).  ISR is required in today’s environment to track both friendly and hostile forces, assess damage as well as target those hostile forces.

Furthermore, commanders demand a solution that reliably delivers the right information at the right time back to HQ, enabling them to make the time critical, lifesaving decentralized decisions affecting the centralized operational team on target, while enhancing operational efficiency across the force. 

Solution

Get SAT offers compact, all-in-one, innovative, multi-band SATCOM solutions. Deployable on platforms across all operational environments, Sea, Land and Airborne.  

Designed and optimized to support ISR missions, our solution is an off-the-shelf, High-Throughput terminal with industry leading SWaP and no trade-offs.  Capable of meeting all our customer’s mission-critical needs, Get SAT is certified to operate on multiple GEO and MEO constellations to ensure the delivery of near-real time information anywhere around the globe. Our industry leading low SWaP terminal provides an all-in-one integrated solution that is constellation agnostic, enables high throughput, low latency connectivity and supports increasingly larger volumes of data generated by multiple sensors.

The roll-on/roll-off (RORO) capability not only provides high throughput satellite communications capable of supporting data-intensive C4ISR operations, but also lends well to the ease of installation and transfer between multiple platforms, supporting multiple mission sets.  Our lightweight satellite terminals are tailored to meet mission-critical requirements to enhance both situational awareness and understanding and allows the system to perform and support multiple missions. 

Results

Our customers were able to implement Get SAT’s Micro SAT and Milli SAT terminals, using their satellite provider of choice. Integration within their existing network was seamless, aided by the fact that Get SAT terminals are ITAR-free, therefore the customer was able to deploy the system upon receipt. 

Our terminal allowed the customer to gather large volumes of data from multiple sensors, including ultra-high-definition video and high-definition images. Data is transferred with ultra-low latency, providing personnel, back at mission control, with time critical data that is used daily to make life-saving decisions. 

Our customer also reports that the Micro SAT and Milli SAT terminals maximized the balance between SWaP limitations, image quality and processing, bandwidth utilization, and system latency, providing ISR capabilities that exceeded their expectations and requirements. 

Our customers reported that their mission was successfully accomplished due to the enhanced capabilities the Get SAT solution provides.  In addition to the mission-critical capabilities, our solution allows for operation in the Ku or KA band, which was significantly more cost-effective than higher priced L-Band solutions and had a higher throughput to a given bandwidth ratio.

“Anytime. Anywhere.” For our clients, military and civilian, these are the words they live by. To us, it is the mission that drives us, pushing us to deliver ISR tools capable of meeting the demands of their operational environment wherever the mission takes them. We are proud to deliver on those expectations without exception. 

If you would like to learn more about our solutions please contact us

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Joint article with SES GOV: smaller terminals, higher throughputs combine to enable true comms on the move
July 1, 2021

Almost every new military vehicle, platform, or system that is created is in some way network-enabled. Whether the concept is to generate ISR data or user data to improve operations, drive military decision-making, or push advanced capabilities into the field for the warfighter, today’s modern military systems operate optimally when there is connectivity.

However, the military has to operate in some of the most austere, remote, and geographically isolated locations on the planet. These are Disconnected, Intermittent, Limited bandwidth (DIL) environments, where the ubiquitous connectivity that Americans have come to expect – and even take for granted – at home is either unavailable, denied, or untrusted.

In these places with limited or no connectivity, making the most out of our next-generation, network-connected military platforms and systems means we need satellite communications. But not the satellite communications of the past – high-throughput, low-latency satellite communications that can deliver fiber-like connectivity to anywhere on the Earth. And we can’t rely on old-school satellite terminals and antennas either if we’re going to extend that fiber-like connectivity to every vehicle, ship, plane or warfighter for true “comms on the move.”

The next generation of antennas and terminals needs to be interoperable, mobile, and smart. They need to be capable of working with advanced satellite constellations in orbits other than GEO to deliver connectivity without interruption. And they need to be innovative to make them dependable, easy to use, and automated in their deployment and operation.

One of the terminal manufacturers that has taken on this challenge is Get SAT, which provides the military with a slate of small, advanced, smart terminals capable of meeting the rigorous demands of today’s military, and satellite services. We recently sat down with Jason Stephens of Get SAT, who was joined by Mike Blefko of SES Government Solutions – one of Get SAT’s satellite service partners – to talk about the satellite requirements of today’s military, and the revolutionary new services on the horizon.

Here is part one of our two-part conversation:

Government Satellite Report (GSR): Can you tell our readers about Get SAT and its solutions? What different kinds of products does it offer to government and military customers?

Jason Stephens: Get SAT is a privately held company, headquartered in Rehovot, Israel. We also have a North American headquarters in McLean, Virginia. Get SAT specializes in the micronization of satellite communications terminals for on-the-move requirements. We operate on platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), military vessels for land-based use, military vessels for maritime use, widebody aircraft for the U.S. military, and some commercial UAV operators.

Typically, the spectrum of terminals that we produce are anywhere from very small terminals that will operate on Class II and Class III UAVs, up to our largest terminal, which we call our Milli H or Milli W. And that terminal is typically used for military land-based vehicles and Roll-On/Roll-Off requirements for special operation forces in the U.S. military. We are also seeing this terminal being installed on military maritime vessels around the world.

“…if there was a large file that needed to be transferred in the gigabyte range over a GEO satellite and large reflector parabolic-like antenna, it could take hours – if not days – to send really large files…” – Mike Blefko

Primarily, our company prioritizes the development and manufacture of on-the-move terminals. We are also in the process of bringing to market our newest development efforts, which are Ka and Ku electronically-steerable array antennas. These are for services such as mPOWER, O3b Classic, and other LEO and MEO architectures.

GSR: Why are small form-factor satellite terminals important for military users today? What trends are we seeing in the military that are driving a need for connectivity at the tactical edge?

Jason Stephens: At the very forward line of troops (FLOT), you see a requirement for a huge amount of data exfiltration and infiltration, whether it be intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR), personal location information (PLI), or video streaming services.

We are to the point where the DoD is operating with surgical strike attack capability. So, sometimes those approvals are at the very forward edge, coming from headquarters or other locations around the world. You may have someone in the U.S. commanding a task force operating in the Middle East, Eastern Europe, or the Pacific.

And those approvals are coming from information that is being exfiltrated back to locations in the U.S. headquarters or around the world. The decision-making processes on whether to continue forward with a mission are happening in real-time. And that real-time decision-making is only capable of happening with the data exfiltration and the data infiltration that is required at the FLOT.

And what we’re seeing at the FLOT is a requirement to go faster, smaller, lighter, with less power draw. There’s no opportunity at the tactical edge to stop, pause, bring up a terminal, and spend 45 minutes bringing a land-based or a traditional parabolic terminal up onto the network.

So, with the requirement of that data exfiltration and data infiltration for the command and control of those troops, you’re seeing exponential growth in small form-factor, on-the-move requirements for our U.S. DoD customers and military ministries of defense around the world.

Mike Blefko: To supplement what Jason is saying regarding the terminals, that’s essentially where the satellite companies like SES are heading as well. Our goal is to provide that air interface link in real-time to those terminals in the field at the tactical edge, with high-throughput and—ideally—low-latency connections. This is so they can essentially execute all those applications, all that analysis, and have the information available in real-time for both our existing O3b and our new constellation mPOWER that is going up.

“They’ll be able to push and pull real-time ISR, messaging, direct action approvals, and direct action planning material to-and-from the battlefield without having to pause and set up communications to exfiltrate that data – effectively enabling true comms on the move.” – Jason Stephens

O3b Classic, our MEO constellation of 20 satellites, does this very well today. But we have a limited number of beams on orbit. As we go into mPOWER, we’ll have a huge paradigm shift in the number of beams that go up that could essentially point to all those individual Get SATterminals that get deployed on the ground. We are really looking forward to that jump in capability as we move into our next generation of mPOWER.

GSR: With terminals like Get SAT’s MICRO SAT and Milli SAT deployed on military vehicles, what kinds of capabilities, solutions, and applications could the military make available to the warfighter?

Jason Stephens: The key here is to understand the exponential increase in data rate capabilities with mPOWER in small form-factor terminals. With the commissioning of mPOWER, and the qualification of terminals the size of MICRO SAT or Milli SAT on mPOWER, and the expected data rates that we are going to see over the mPOWER constellation with these small-form-factor terminals, [users] will have the ability to [perform] command and control functions from a vehicle.

“Get SAT specializes in the micronization of satellite communications terminals for on-the-move requirements. We operate on platforms such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), military vessels for land-based use, military vessels for maritime use, widebody aircraft for the U.S. military, and some commercial UAV operators.” – Jason Stephens

They’ll be able to push and pull real-time ISR, messaging, direct action approvals, and direct action planning material to-and-from the battlefield without having to pause and set up communications to exfiltrate that data – effectively enabling true comms on the move.

GSR: What new technologies or advancements in military solutions will this enable them to utilize? What advanced capabilities will this bring to the warfighter?

Jason Stephens: Everything. It would be everything. You’re opening up a complete capability that hasn’t been there previously.

Previously with FLOT, if you did 256K or 512K or 1 MB full-duplex in the return, it was an accomplishment. With mPOWER and the small form-factor terminals, these terminals will enable comms on the move and do 20, 30, 40 MB forward and return. So, you’re opening the architecture of “anything is possible” at the forward edge.

Mike Blefko: Prior to that type of capacity—with those types of data rates Jason just mentioned—if there was a large file that needed to be transferred in the gigabyte range over a GEO satellite and large reflector parabolic-like antenna, it could take hours – if not days – to send really large files with that connection architecture.

A lot of times, military users would essentially pull hard drives out of computers and transport them by helicopters, because that was more efficient than over a satellite network. With the smaller terminals and the higher data rates, not only do these large 100 gigabyte or terabyte files send out in hours, these gigabyte files that get sent back and forth no longer have to be compressed or scaled back. So, if they’re going from the tactical edge to some analytic center, it can be sent in real-time and analyzed in real-time, enabling real-time decision-making on the ground.

Then there are the advanced solutions making their way into the battlefield – things like AR goggles and heads-up displays. You would need a robust connection to look at some sort of simulator or some sort of situational awareness in real-time. As Jason mentioned, if small-form-factor terminals deliver 500 K to 1 Mb, they were doing pretty well. We can get anywhere from 30-40 Mb duplex data rates today.

“…what we’re seeing at the FLOT is a requirement to go faster, smaller, lighter, with less power draw. There’s no opportunity at the tactical edge to stop, pause, bring up a terminal, and spend 45 minutes bringing a land-based or a traditional parabolic terminal up onto the network.” – Jason Stephens

We’ve recently deployed this type of technology to maritime vessels. On maritime vessels, especially on hospital ships like Mercy and Comfort, they were looking for it to be able to use what is called a DaVinci machine. This is a medical machine where a doctor at a land-based location can perform an operation at sea remotely. This is done by using a high-throughput, low-latency link over a Get SAT terminal that delivers the link.

It has such a quick response time and feedback overtop of the network. They can do a precise, lifesaving operation in the field if the operation could not be delayed for the person who is injured to be returned back to a land-based hospital.

That type of capability exists today. Whether it be a simulator or a real-time situational awareness, or medical capability to help the warfighter in the field, all those types of applications are enabled.

Jason Stephens: The telemedicine requirement for the U.S. military has grown exponentially over the last three to five years. And as Mike mentioned with the DaVinci machine and the hospital ships, it’s not only on those vessels but also at the forward edge.

We have medical personnel at the forward edge, and there is a huge requirement for bandwidth to support telemedicine to ensure that injured troops will receive the proper procedures with the proper guidance.

Additionally, from a warfighter perspective, we are seeing exponential growth in unmanned land-based vessels and unmanned surface vessels for maritime use. What that’s allowing is for us to reduce risk for soldiers, sailors, and marines. And by reducing that risk, we are able to reduce casualties, and, in most cases, we are able to gain more information and intelligence.

“A lot of times, military users would essentially pull hard drives out of computers and transport them by helicopters, because that was more efficient than over a satellite network.” – Mike Blefko

With the high data rate requirements for those platforms, we have multiple cameras on all of them. You have multiple collection capabilities on all of them. You are able to operate in a completely different and more covert environment. And then you can exfiltrate data from those devices while reducing risk and increasing situational awareness for decision-makers.

Mike Blefko: What the network was able to handle prior to now was a single feed at a time. The U.S. government has a capability called unified video dissemination solution (UVDS) that requires multiple video feeds to be sent simultaneously over top of a link. But if you’ve only got a 500 K to 1 Mb link, it’s very difficult to execute such a task.

However, with O3b today, and certainly mPOWER tomorrow, we’ve demonstrated and implemented multiple video feeds. We can go up to six videos over the same video channel. That greatly increases with mPOWER, with respect to the data rates.

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Article: How SATCOM Vastly Improves Small UAV Flexibility
April 6, 2021

Small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) are playing an increasingly important role in today’s modern battlefield. They save lives every day through reconnaissance missions, providing mission-critical imagery and videos without putting personnel at risk. Technological improvements allow small UAVs to stay aloft for up to 20 hours and electrical motors offer the potential to get close to targets in stealth modes, but line of sight (LOS) communication limitations hamper their effectiveness.

The result of this technological limitation cannot be overstated. Due to the curvature of the earth, LOS communication restricts missions to less than 100 miles, by forcing UAVs to fly at a higher altitude. However, this increase in distance between the UAV and its targets impacts image resolution and video quality. Without the required high-quality imagery to provide positive identification (PID) and the range to prove chain of custody, to take actionable steps. intelligence troops to either stand down or put them at risk of unknown elements.

The Height-Distance Relationship in LOS Communication

To better understand the limitations of LOS communications, it’s instructive to see the relationship between distance and height.As shown in the table, a UAV can get as low as 328.10 feet above the ground as long as the distance between the UAV and its ground station antenna is 22.19 miles.

The further away the base station is from the battlefield, the higher the UAV needs to fly. Looking at the bottom of the chart, where the base station is nearly 100 miles away from the target zone, the UAV needs to fly at an altitude of over 6,500 feet, well over a mile above the target.

Unfortunately, at that distance, the intelligence being received from the UAV often lacks details and definition. This requires larger and more expensive sensors to be carried by larger UAVs with increased visual and audible detectability.

Mountainous regions can further complicate LOS communication, as the topography of the land interferes with the required line of sight between the ground station and the UAV.
As these missions frequently take place in hostile territory, moving the ground stations and UAV pilots closer to the target isn’t a viable option.

LOS Radio Frequency Jamming

Line-of-sight missions are vulnerable to technological disruptions as well. Traditional LOS communication takes place on the C, S, and L radio frequency bands. However, enemy combatants can easily block or jam these bands with high power directional emitters. As a result, even missions that have a nearby ground station may be disrupted, possibly leading to a loss of the UAV.

Limitation of Programmed UAV Missions

To overcome the challenges presented by LOS communications, some operational units have turned to programmed missions. While programming a course and a mission for a UAV enables the device to fly at a lower altitude, thereby allowing it to gather higher-quality intelligence, it introduces significant limitations.

Programmed missions disable any real-time capabilities that a UAV offers. The UAV flies its mission, but it doesn’t send back any data until it is back within range of the ground station, and the UAV pilot back at the base is unable to make any changes to the flight path once the UAV leaves for its mission.

While the intelligence gathered should be high quality, by the time a platoon is ready to take action, the data may be hours old and irrelevant.

Paramount Need for Better Communications

Clearly, military units need a new solution to overcome the limitations inherent in a LOS communications system. While SATCOM has been an option for larger, more expensive UAVs, class 3 UAVs are often perceived as being non-compatible with SATCOM solutions.

SATCOM solutions would be ideal for small UAVs. Rather than ensuring that there is always a direct line of sight between the ground base and the UAV, the ground control station would connect through a satellite, communicate directly with the unit. This communication architecture would allow UAVs to embark on low-altitude missions limited only by the platform’s range.

SATCOM would further protect UAV pilots, keeping them far from the front lines of the battlefield. Rather than staying close enough to maintain line-of-sight with their UAV, they could sit thousands of miles away, in a safe location, and pilot the UAV from a control room.

Additionally, intelligence would be gathered in real-time, enabling UAV pilots to dynamically retask as missions evolve. The real time dissemination of intelligence to dismounted troops can make all the difference to keeping personnel safe and enable success on the battlefield. The satellite communications would also be shielded from interference in the C, S, and L bands, as it uses the more secure KA or KU bands.

To date, however, the size of the SATCOM terminals has prevented the adoption of satellite communications with class 3 UAVs, weighing between 100-220 lbs. At that size, the additional weight from SATCOM terminals would impact the drag and endurance of UAVs of this size. Without significant size weight and power (SWaP) in the airborne satellite antenna, SATCOM would have remained a fantasy for class 3 UAV operators.

Get SAT Places SATCOM within Reach

Get SAT has developed a small SATCOM terminal, which offers range extension to large class 2 and class 3 UAVs, previously only available to very large airborne platforms. Get SAT’s patented InterFLAT panel antenna, a miniaturized interlaced antenna combining both receive and transmit elements on one panel, and fast-tracking technologies, brings game changing capabilities to tactical UAVs. This industry-leading integrated highly efficient SATCOM terminal has been designed to maximum performance in demanding airborne environments.

Get SAT units operate on both GEO and MEO satellite constellations. This ensures efficient bandwidth utilization and is optimal for low-altitude missions, both on land and at sea. The units use a single LRU, making it easier to both integrate and maintain, as well as supports seamless data transfer over satellite links.

For years military establishments have had to work around the limitations inherent in small UAVs reliant on LOS communications. Now, with Get SAT, they can be used for advanced missions without sacrificing the quality of the intelligence it is gathering.

Get SAT offers comprehensive end-to-end solutions to improve communications and effectiveness between UAVs and the base.

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