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26 Feb 15. Iridium Communications Inc. has selected Cobham SATCOM as an official Manufacturing Partner for Iridium Certus broadband, a new generation of satellite services based on the forthcoming Iridium NEXT constellation. Cobham SATCOM, a leading satellite and radio communication hardware manufacturer, plans to grow its well-established L-band portfolio with a new line of Iridium Certus terminals for users in the aeronautical and maritime sectors, ready for the launch of new global broadband services.
The Iridium NEXT constellation will consist of 66 low-Earth orbit inter-connected satellites. It introduces a number of new and expanded capabilities, including greater capacity, bandwidth and data speeds, while retaining the global (pole-to-pole) data services Iridium® supports today. Iridium Certus broadband services will be used for commercial, government, and safety communications; areas that Cobham SATCOM already serves with its existing portfolio of L, Ku, Ka and C-band satellite terminals. The new agreement enables Cobham SATCOM to expand its portfolio even further, with development of maritime (SAILOR) and aeronautical (AVIATOR) products for Iridium Certus broadband. Cobham SATCOM is already a current generation maritime Iridium terminal and hardware manufacturer, and a clear market leader in maritime L-band MSS, in addition to being an established provider of L-band cabin and cockpit communication systems for aircraft. This experience provides a strong platform for Iridium Certus terminal development, giving aircraft, boats and ships high performance and reliability for Iridium’s next generation of services.
“We are delighted to become an official Iridium Certus manufacturing partner and look forward to being part of the massive opportunities that these new services will introduce for satcom users and service providers. The inherent advantages of the Iridium NEXT constellation and our expertise in L-band product development allow us to offer innovative communications solutions, providing our diverse customer base in the aeronautical and maritime markets access to the full suite of compelling Iridium Certus services,” says Paul Jona, SVP Cobham SATCOM.
“We are excited to be working with Cobham SATCOM, a recognized leader developing game-changing products in aeronautical and maritime markets, and look forward to supporting the next-generation of safety services that result from this partnership,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium. “Our selection of Cobham SATCOM demonstrates our long-term strategy to offer superior communications platforms while staying true to our wholesale model – working with our partners as the best way to address growing, diverse markets.”
20 Feb 15. TeleCommunication Systems, Inc. (TCS), a world leader in highly reliable and secure wireless communication technology, has successfully tested its quad diversity Tactical Transportable Troposcatter (3T) System, classified as AN/TSC-198 (V3), at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico. The systems bounce microwave radio transmissions off the Earth’s troposphere, enabling long-distance, beyond line-of-sight communications, even over rocky or hilly terrain that would block other point-to-point communications techniques. The technology is a much lower operating cost alternative to satellite communications in a variety of situations. The testing, in support of an Army program, was conducted in conjunction with TCS’ partner Comtech Systems, Inc. Utilizing Comtech’s 500-watt solid-state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and CS67500 series Troposcatter modems, TCS established and maintained an unprecedented 50 Mbps communication link between two TCS 3T systems separated by more than 100 miles. No other company in the defense industry has achieved and sustained this high level of data throughp