The GovSatReport launched in 2015, and its first year of publication has been a truly exciting and revolutionary one for the satellite and space industries. With renewed government and Congressional focus on our space architecture, combined with our own increased investment and aggressive new technology insertion, we saw the SATCOM industry achieve some pretty dramatic milestones over the past year.
O3b is a global satellite service providing a next-generation satellite network for U.S. Government customers. The O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) constellation of satellites offers customers affordable connectivity for up to 1.2 Gbps throughput, fiber-like latency (less than 150 ms) and steerable spot beams for flexible deployment.
As End-of-Life assets, inclined orbit satellites offer satellite capacity at deeply discounted rates as they support fewer applications. For the Defense community, inclined satellites are inherently attractive for remotely piloted aircraft (RPA) missions, mobile platforms and Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) applications, as tracking antennas are required due to the moving terminal. In the proposal below for the AMC-5 commercial satellite, one of 11 inclined satellites flown by global satellite operator SES, cost savings of more than 50% could be achieved over comparable station kept capacity in the same region.
SES Government Solutions (SES GS) understands New Jersey has a need for satellite communications to support the establishment of a network to support first responders in areas where cellular LTE communications do not exist or become unavailable. As an interim step to fielding a capability, SES GS is offering to deliver an affordable commercial off-the-shelf test-bed that includes a lightweight mobile cell on wheels (COW), 59MHz of C-band satellite bandwidth, and technical support to provide a robust broadband Communications on the Pause (COTP) capability for first responders to access the internet and Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN).
The Haiti earthquake in 2010 and the chaos that characterised the immediate response moved a consortium of companies to organise and develop a rapid response solution for global disaster relief and humanitarian missions. The solution is a public-private partnership between Luxembourg’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, SES, HITEC Luxembourg and the Luxembourg Air Ambulance, and is supported by a number of operational and technical partners. Emergency.lu provides communications support, connects and improves the first responses following humanitarian or natural disasters.
Although we are becoming more accustomed to higher levels of data connectivity, a huge area remains drastically underconnected: the airspace and the oceans. Crisscrossed and cruised by thousands of aircraft and ships every day, these unconnected areas have remained largely uncharted territory for high quality video and data communications until now. It’s all about to change. Aeronautical and Maritime connectivity is about to make its quantum leap into the 21st century.