Intelsat General and L-3 Communication Systems-West Successfully Demonstrate Automatic Beam Switching for Unmanned Aerial System on Intelsat EpicNG
This over-the-satellite demonstration was conducted on Intelsat’s Horizons-1 satellite using three separate bandwidth segments and a navigation simulator representing a UAS flying through three separate high-throughput spot beams on a single Intelsat EpicNG-class satellite.
Using an L-3 CS-West hub and terminal modems for the end-to-end test, engineers measured the performance of full-motion video and IP data between the UAS and the hub controller as the system automatically switched both frequency and polarization while the aircraft flew through the three separate beams.
The new Intelsat EpicNG satellites are designed to increase UAS data rate performance by 200 to 300 percent via their high-throughput spot beams and enable broadband performance to antennas with apertures smaller than 30 cm. This demonstration validated that the UAS could automatically switch between these beams without user intervention, thereby simplifying operations while fully leveraging this increased throughput.
“Through our collaboration with
“This demonstration proves that modems using beam-switching technology
will support UAS operations at very high data rates on high-throughput
Following this successful demonstration, Intelsat General and L-3 CS-West plan to conduct further tests with user platforms employing the recently launched Intelsat EpicNG IS-29 satellite.
Intelsat EpicNG is a high performance, next generation
satellite platform that delivers global high-throughput technology via
an innovative approach to satellite and network architecture utilizing
C-, Ku- and Ka-bands, wide beams, spot beams, and frequency reuse
technology to provide a host of customer-centric benefits. The
See the demo video here
Intelsat General provides satellite communications solutions to
military, commercial and government customers over Intelsat’s fleet of
approximately 50 satellites and a global terrestrial network of
teleports and fiber infrastructure. Intelsat General also offers these
customers the option of placing a dedicated hosted communications
payload aboard an
About L-3 Communication Systems-West
L-3 Communication Systems-West (L-3 CS-West) is a leader in communications systems for high-performance intelligence collection, imagery processing and satellite communications for the DoD and other government agencies. The company provides high data rate, wideband, protected, real-time communications systems for surveillance, reconnaissance and other airborne intelligence collection systems. To learn more about L-3 CS-West, please visit the company’s website at www.L-3com.com/csw.
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