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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 SATCOM 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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KT SAT, PINETELECOM and Get SAT Establish New Era for Mobile SatCom ISR
November 9, 2020
Seoul – 9 November 2020: KT SAT, operator of the communication satellite fleet, PINETELECOM, an integrated communication solutions company and Get SAT, an innovator in small, lightweight satellite communication terminals for airborne, ground, and maritime applications, today announced that using KoreaSAT-6’s Ku-band  beams and Get SAT’s miniaturized Milli-SAT SatCom terminal, they have successfully tested and demonstrated full mobile broadband SatCom capabilities for ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) applications. Enabled by KoreaSAT-6’s powerful Ku-band beams and extremely small terminals, the team created a small footprint, high capacity true tactical solution for deployed units.

Get SAT's micronized efficient Milli-SAT terminal demonstrated a return channel of over 8Mbps, hence offering breakthrough SWaP (Size, Weight and Power) for broadband communications required by various ISR sensors. By this offering, Ku-band hub and the powerful capabilities of KoreaSAT-6’s payload, the team created an ideal configuration for Communications On-The-Move applications in Asia.

According to Rony Kohen, CEO of PINETELECOM, “this collaboration with KT SAT, Get SAT and PINETELECOM, brings newly opportunities to the Korean market and Asia. The Milli SAT terminal, is easy for integration, hence suitable for Airborne, land and maritime applications with very small footprint on the platform. We believe that together with KT SAT’s fleet of communication satellite, we offer new possibilities for different types of platforms, enabling diversity of operations.”

Kfir Benjamin, Get SAT CEO stated, “This news is incredible for a market that is starved for secure, nimble, mobile ISR. Get SAT’s SWaP goes above and beyond current offerings. With KT SAT’s Ku-band HTS beams, PINETELECOM technical capabilities and Get SAT’s miniaturized terminals we can produce extremely effective transmission and reception via a single small antenna. No longer does one have to seek miniaturized terminals for secure and reliable high data rates for tactical units using mobile platforms: They are available here.”

According to Byeongho Kim, Director of Business at KT SAT, “The test’s results demonstrate how KoreaSAT-6’s payload performance, advanced flexible processor platform and optimal location add value and open new opportunities for mobile ISR users. Get SAT’s micronized terminals are changing the mobile broadband communications landscape. When coupled with KoreaSAT-6, and PINETELECOM technical and integration capabilities, we bring new vectors of flexibility and possibilities to commercial and government markets, while opening new markets.”

Get SAT offers highly versatile, mobile solutions for applications requiring small terminals. Based on its patented InterFLAT panel antenna, a miniaturized interlaced antenna combining both receive and transmit elements on one panel, and fast-tracking technologies, its micronized terminals establish a new generation of standards for lightweight, small-sized and low power consumption communication devices for on-the-move applications.

KoreaSAT-6’s digital payload capabilities offer extensive coverage, regional Ku-band and steerable Ka-band HTS beams that can be combined to maximize throughput and efficiency. Its unique payload offers secure and resilient SatCom solutions over major areas of interest.

Come see KT SAT (booth #E109) at the Korea Ocean Expo 2020, in Songdo ConvensiA, Incheon, 11-13 November.

About KT SAT
Since the establishment of Kumsan Satellite Service Center in 1970, Korea’s first satellite ground station, kt sat has been leading the Korea’s broadcasting communication industry as the Korea’s sole satellite communication operator.kt sat(wholly owned by KT Corp, the No.1 telecommunication service provider in Korea), provides services using the resources of the group as being a member of KT group. With two satellite launches in 2017, coverage became wider and able to provide differentiated satellite communication services to global customers and partners.

For more information, please visit: www.ktsat.net

About PINETELECOM
Rafael Advanced Defense Systems invested company located in Daejeon, Korea, PINETELECOM has been developing and supplying various kinds of wireless communications systems solutions & products, which have been used widely in the defense & commercial markets. PINETELECOM shall continuously develop the technologies and provide the domestic & overseas markets with the wireless data link systems.

For more information, please visit www.pinetelecom.kr

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, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) and humanitarian groups. For more information, please visit www.getsat.com

KT SAT CONTACT
Taewook Koh
+82-10-5136-6618
Taewook.koh@kt.com

PINETELECOM CONTACT
Changwoo Ro
+82-10-8818-2385
cwro@pinetelecom.kr
Get SAT CONTACT
Ayala Pinhasi
+972-77-806-6163
info@getsat.com
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Get SAT and Transpondr to Offer Leased SATCOM Solutions to the US Federal Government and DoD
October 21, 2020
Mclean, VA and Atlanta, 21 October 2020: Get SAT, an innovator in small, lightweight satellite communication terminals for airborne, ground, and maritime applications, and Transpondr an Atlanta-based Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in enabling the delivery of flexible, creative, and cost-effective connectivity solutions through an innovative leasing platform, establish formal partnership to offer leased satellite communications solutions to the US Federal Government and Department of Defense (DoD).

Get SAT’s industry-leading communications-on-the-move (COTM) satellite terminals can now be leased by government organizations as an Operating Expenditure (OPEX) through Transpondr’s Leasing Platform, and by that allowing them to utilize their operations and maintenance funds (O&M) for equipment and bandwidth services in one single lease contract, creating a true “SATCOM as a Service” solution.

In the satellite and telecommunications industry, high up-front equipment costs are often an obstacle for organizations to get the solutions they need and to update equipment in a timely manner.  Transpondr’s solution offers the customer the ability to spread their cost over multiple fiscal year budget cycles and to move forward with newer technology to meet ever-expanding requirements and new operational challenges.  Additionally, Transpondr offers Global On-Demand/Occasional Use Satellite Bandwidth–Pay per day, week, month, or metered – which is the most reasonable way in these complicated days - less risks and more confidence to customers' needs.

Jason Stephens, VP Sales of Get SAT North America said: “Uniting Get SAT’s CoTM systems with Transpondr’s Lease Platform provides the ultimate, flexible, and seamless on-the-move answers for a wide range of applications required by a wide range of DOD customers.”

“Our unique set of capabilities, along with our strategic partnership with Get SAT and its industry-leading communications-on-the-move satellite antennas is a game-changer in the SATCOM industry,” said Mike Fowler, Transpondr’s SVP of Government Programs.

Get SAT is a leading manufacturer of highly versatile, mobile solutions for applications requiring small terminals. Based on its patented InterFLAT panel antenna, a miniaturized interlaced antenna combining both receive and transmit elements on one panel, and fast-tracking technologies.  Its micronized terminals have established a new set of standards for lightweight, small-sized and low power consumption communication devices for on-the-move applications that enables quick and easy access to broadband services.

About Transpondr
Transpondr, located in Atlanta, GA USA, is Service-Disabled Veteran-Owned Small Business (SDVOSB) specializing in enabling the delivery of flexible, creative, and cost-effective SATCOM and connectivity solutions through an innovative Leasing Platform. In addition to leasing, Transpondr’s status as a SDVOSB authorizes it sole source contracts up to $4 million per FAR 18.116, making procurement extremely easy and flexible. For more information, please visit www.transpondr.com

Get SAT CONTACT
Ayala Pinhasi
+1-571-501-5150
+972-77-806-6163
info@getsat.com

Transpondr CONTACT
Mike Fowler, SVP Government Programs
+1 443-570-8111
info@transpondr.com
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Avanti accredits Get SAT’s latest SATCOM on-the-move terminal across its network
September 22, 2020
Avanti Communications has recently accredited Get SAT’s latest and smallest Satcom on-the-move terminal, the Nano SAT H, authorising it for use across the Avanti network.

Get SAT’s Nano SAT H is the smallest and lightest Ka-band SatCom terminal in the market setting the standard for the transmission of real-time video, audio, and data. By delivering a terminal weighing 3.5kgs but capable of supporting 10s of Mbps, Get sat and Avanti are delivering a level of capability and flexibility that will transform the warfighters’ experience in the physical and digital battlespace.

Optimized for man-portable and on-the-move applications, the Nano SAT H, supported by Avanti high-throughput satellite connectivity, will enable high bandwidth communications between dispersed mounted or dismounted, ground forces and their headquarters.

Using Avanti’s fleet of satellites, the Nano SAT H can achieve throughputs of 25-40Mbps to the deployed terminal and 5-10Mbps in return. This level of capacity and capability will ensure no end-user is disadvantaged by a lack of connectivity. It will also enable real-time situational awareness across the tactical, operational, and strategic echelons and provide the means to deliver effective C4iSR across dispersed manoeuvre forces.

The size and capability of the terminals also make them ideally suited to wider Government agencies and First Responders. Their low size, fully integrated system, and ability to generate high throughputs means they can quickly support missions where terrestrial connectivity is compromised or disrupted.

Get SAT’s Nano SAT-H is an ultra-portable, ultra-lightweight, low-profile terminal optimized for ‘on-the-move’ applications. On Avanti’s satellite network the Nano SAT-H becomes a truly game-changing capability.

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Get SAT and sealandaire delivering blos capable adro unmmanned surface
September 15, 2020
ADARO Project Using Inmarsat L-Band Network

Jackson, MI & Mclean, Virginia, USA: September 2020: SeaLandAire Technologies, Inc., an engineering services small business with a core focus on developing small unmanned vehicles and sensor systems to collect data from difficult environments, and Get SAT, an innovator in small, lightweight satellite communication terminals for airborne, ground, and maritime applications, today announced that the U.S. Navy has selected Get SAT’s micronized, lightweight Ultra-Blade L-Band ESA (Electronically Steerable Array Antenna) for beyond line of sight (BLOS) C2 and ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance) exfiltration on SeaLandAire’s ADARO an Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV).

The marriage of SeaLandAire’s ADARO, Get SAT’s micronized Ultra Blade L Band ESA, and INMARSAT Governments high capacity L Band service provides the Department of Defense with a low cost, highly mobile USV capable of supporting the most demanding at sea missions, including Full Motion Video backhaul. Reducing risk to force and risk to mission by removing the USV operator from the area of operation, the BLOS ADARO will make a significant impact on mission planning and approvals in high risk environments.

The ADARO is a rugged, man-portable, X-class unmanned surface vehicle designed around a modular payload capability. Its series-hybrid energy system provides quiet electric-only operation, even at top speeds, while the heavy fuel range extender significantly lengthens mission life. The platform is designed with a modular architecture to facilitate field servicing and repair. The flexible payload architecture allows extremely rapid integration of new payloads. Both software and hardware are designed for ease of use; ADARO can be set up and deployed within minutes.

Ultra-Blade is the market's first complete all-planes ESA antenna with no moving parts whose streamlined physical characteristics, such as super low-profile, and technical achievements change the nature of mobile broadband satcom. With more than 90% antenna efficiency and the unprecedented capability to independently track any L-band satellite, Ultra Blade’s exceptional high throughput works for maritime, aviation, and ground applications.

SeaLandAire President David Sparks stated, “The ADARO project is an important stride towards the future of USV surveillance operations. Our SeaLandAire team and partners are providing a solution that can be utilized to combat the fast-occurring challenges of the changing maritime and coastal domains.”

According to Jason Stephens, Get SAT VP Sales North America, “The integration of Ultra Blade’s satcom with the autonomous capabilities of ADARO provides an immediate positive impact to the warfighter.  Anytime technology reduces the potential risk to personnel, Get SAT will be at the forefront of creating smart, micronized communication solutions.  We are very happy with our partnership with SeaLandAire and will continue to work to provide new technologies to solve hard challenges.”

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 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, visit www.getsat.com.

About SeaLandAire Technologies, Inc.
A privately-held small business located in Jackson, MI, SeaLandAire is an engineering services company that designs, develops, and builds products tailored to helping our customers collect information in any environment, focusing on small unmanned vehicles and sensor systems.

Get SAT CONTACT:
Jason Stephens
+1-571-501-5150
info@getsat.com

SeaLandAire CONTACT:
Jenna Jarvis
517-784-8340
JJarvis@sealandaire.com
Info@sealandaire.com
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Airbus, GRC, Avanti and Get SAT
July 21, 2020
Airbus Defence and Space, GRC Ltd., Avanti Communications Group plc and Get SAT Ltd. have signed a significant contract to deliver high-speed, secure satcom-on-the-move connectivity to a UK customer. GRC have partnered with Airbus to deliver hardware, training and support for Get SAT Microsat terminals on Avanti airtime, allowing users to access high-speed voice and data in some of the most challenging environments on the planet.

The solution was selected following extensive trials by Airbus and GRC together with the customer, ensuring terminals were robust enough and able to provide the required Committed Information Rate (CIR) to the user, on a high-throughput service using Ka-band satellite capability.

Incorporating GRC’s mag-mount system, the Micro SAT can be securely mounted as a walk-on-fit, without permanent vehicle modifications, allowing users to be connected within minutes and be moved between vehicles as required.

Richard Budd, Head of the UK & US Secure Communications business at Airbus said: “Providing this high-throughput SatCom on the Move capability is an exciting and innovative development. This capability will ensure that users can enjoy hi-speed data rates while on the move. Our experts work together with the end-users to ensure requirements are fully met reinforcing our long running services partnerships.”

Airbus and GRC will also deliver a full training package to users in addition to ongoing 24/7 support offered through its experienced and trusted engineering teams.

Steve Slater, Managing Director at GRC said “This contract means a lot to GRC and its staff who as an SME are delighted to be delivering a significant and much needed capability. The terminals being delivered are also suitable for maritime use and therefore are able to fit wider needs.”

Donald Walker, Director of Government Sales at Avanti: “We’ve worked hard with GRC and Get SAT to prove that Avanti’s high throughput Ka-band satellites and these very small terminals can deliver genuine capability enhancements to critical end user groups.  We’re delighted to add this Land and Maritime “Satellite on The Move” capability into our portfolio.”

Sharon Shlomo, Get SAT VP sales “The collaboration with GRC and Avanti is very important to Get SAT and brings to the end users, not only the terminals but a turn key solution for Satcom wherever and whenever they need bandwidth over KA band.”

About Airbus
Airbus is a global leader in aeronautics, space and related services. In 2019, it generated revenues of € 70 billion and employed a workforce of around 135,000. Airbus offers the most comprehensive range of passenger airliners. Airbus is also a European leader providing tanker, combat, transport and mission aircraft, as well as one of the world’s leading space companies. In helicopters, Airbus provides the most efficient civil and military rotorcraft solutions worldwide.

About GRC
Based in the UK, GRC (Global RadioData Communication Ltd.) specialise in the design, integration and support of satellite, RF, cloud and IP networking solutions. Our products and services are used by government and defence agencies, emergency responders, commercial businesses and the oil, gas and mineral exploration industry throughout the world.

About Avanti Communications
Avanti Communications is the leading Ka-band high throughput satellite capacity partner to the communications industry in EMEA - extending and guaranteeing coverage for defence missions, enterprise solutions and critical public services. Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, Avanti provides dedicated fixed and flexible-beam satellite connectivity, with extensive coverage across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The Group has invested $1.2bn in a network that incorporates orbital slots in Ka-band spectrum, satellites, ground stations, datacentres and a fibre ring.

About Get SAT
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 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.

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