Engineering Forum: CTO Roundtable Breakfast- Radio Frequency Interference Challenges and Mitigation
Date of Event:
March 10th, 2014
7:30 - 8:30
The very strength of communications satellites to provide wide coverage of land, sea and air, also makes them potentially vulnerable to unintentional and intentional radio frequency interference. As an industry, we have fared reasonable well over the decades, with relatively few episodes of RFI that rise above the level of nominal concern. The number of satellites continues to grow as does the number of potential RFI sources: from video uplinks to unattended terminals transmitting bulk data, to VSATs now operating from millions of homes and businesses, and from ships, vehicles and aircraft. CTOs are in the position of assessing the general state of play with RFI and with how it can be kept below a dull roar. What are the techniques in the offing to locate and remove RFI when it occurs? What can be expected in the future as the quantity of transmitters increases – will we see “hackers” who currently infest the Internet also arise on the airwaves between space and earth?
Vice President, International Division
Vice President, Engineering and Operations
SVP & CTO