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03 Dec 15. Following the completion of successful on-orbit testing, on Nov. 30, the U.S. Navy accepted the fourth Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT)-built Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) satellite. Launched Sept. 2, MUOS-4 is the latest addition to a network of orbiting satellites and relay ground stations that is revolutionizing secure communications for mobile military forces. Users with operational MUOS terminals can seamlessly connect beyond line-of-sight around the world and into the Global Information Grid. MUOS’ new commercial, cellular-based capabilities include simultaneous, crystal-clear voice, video and mission data, over a secure high-speed Internet Protocol-based system.
“MUOS-4 completes the initial constellation, providing the MUOS network with nearly global coverage. Mobile forces, equipped with MUOS terminals, will soon be able to communicate with each other – including voice, data and exchanging imagery – real-time, virtually anywhere on the Earth,” said Iris Bombelyn, Lockheed Martin’s vice president for Narrowband Communications. “This is a tremendous upgrade in communications capabilities over what currently exists for our nation and our allies.”
MUOS-4 will be relocated in Spring 2016 to its on-orbit operational slot in preparation for operational acceptance. The satellite joins MUOS-1, MUOS-2 and MUOS-3, launched respectively in 2012, 2013 and January 2015, and four required MUOS ground stations. MUOS-5, an on-orbit spare, also will be launched next year.
Once fully operational, the MUOS network will provide 16 times the capacity of the legacy ultra high frequency communications satellite system, which it will continue to support, and eventually replace. More than 55,000 currently fielded radio terminals can be upgraded to be MUOS-compatible, with many of them requiring just a software upgrade.
03 Dec 15. ODU is expanding the portfolio for their ODU-MAC and now offers HDMI 2.0 and USB 3.0 modules in the standard portfolio. With a service life of at least 5,000 mating cycles, the specialist in electrical connector technology guarantees the rapid, reliable and loss-free transmission of signals and data. “With a total of 30 different data technology variations, which include CAT 6 modules, our products excel in high-speed data rates as well,” explains Bernhard Säckl, Rectangular Connector Portfolio Management ODU. “In doing so, we are making use of the synergy effects of our push-pull product family, and once again demonstrating our implementation expertise when it comes to the integration within the ODU-MAC product range.” In addition to the shielded implementation, ODU will supply, on demand, the interface cable providing a one-stop complete connector solution. The new modules, which are available as a ten-pin USB version and 16-pin HDMI version, meet the constantly growing requirements from the industrial sector. “The trend towards higher data rates will continue,” Bernhard Säckl states confidently. “Therefore, we constantly enhance the ODU-MAC portfolio so that we can continue providing perfect connectors in the future.”
02 Dec 15. Hughes demonstrates TDMA in Talisman Sabre.
Hughes Network Systems has demonstrated its advanced satellite waveform technology during exercises with U.S. and Australian forces during Talisman Sabre 2015. Australian forces used the Hughes HX time division multiple access (TDMA) system, according to a Hughes news release.
“Australia is still maturing its understanding of deployed TDMA Satellite Operations, and the support from Hughes was fundamental to both the successful outcome of the exercise, and educating Army on planning and executing operations utilizing TDMA waveforms,” said Col. Shaun Love, director of Land Network Integration for the Australian Defense Force. (Source: Defense News Early Bird/C4ISR & Networks)
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