Hughes® Gets DoD Contract to Analyze Wideband Architecture for SATCOM

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The satellite internet provider, Hughes Network Systems®, has been accorded a follow on contract for continuing a pilot program’s second phase. Under the pilot study, the viability of interoperability across several satellite communication systems for Department of Defense is tested. The contract makes Hughes® responsible to prototype a modem interface for the terminals that will allow several commercial and military services and systems in order to interoperate the communication capabilities of SATCOM systems.

“In Phase Two of this program, Hughes® is being asked to develop, demonstrate and deliver a hardware and architecture prototype solution to support interoperable SATCOM capabilities for the military, which will help fortify satellite communications in contested environments,” said Hughes Network Systems® Defense and Intelligence Systems Division’s Sr. Technical Director for Advanced Systems, Dr. Rajeev Gopal. “We look forward to delivering a solution that will increase the resiliency and interoperability of various commercial and military SATCOM systems and services used by the DoD, including over High-Throughput Satellites (HTS).”

Last year, Hughes® participated in two distinct studies that came under the 1st phase of this pilot study. In the first phase, the fastest internet provider recommended Department of Defense to pursue a satellite communications strategy that ably supports interoperability for wideband applications. Such military applications will expand the communications infrastructure of DoD and lessen the cost of operations and acquisition.

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In Phase II, Hughes® will build upon their previous recommendations to the Defense Department and explore how interoperable SATCOM systems could be implemented effectively by producing and developing the new flexible modem interface for evaluation and demonstration. In other words, Hughes® will evaluate DOD’s future requirements and SATCOM capabilities, which includes developing secure and cost-effective wideband communications architecture that facilities ground transports. The flexible modem interface’s prototype will be demoed as an architecture that supports low earth orbit and geostationary orbit high throughput satellite constellations.

“The overall goal for Hughes® is to help the Defense Department produce a solution that expands the capabilities of the U.S. government’s satellite communications,” said Rick Lober, VP and GM of Hughes’s DIDS division. “To do that, we will examine how to create an interoperable system that is flexible and resilient, allowing DoD’s various global applications to operate over its own satellite network as well as leveraging commercial satellites, management systems, gateways, waveforms, and modems for DoD terminals to increase mission assurance.”

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