Newtec Contracted by Raytheon to Upgrade NPOESS Station in Antarctica
[Satellite TODAY 04-29-10] Raytheon Intelligence and Information Systems has selected Newtec to provide Elevation EL470 DVB-S2 IP modems with FlexACM licenses for Raytheon’s McMurdo Station satellite communication system upgrade in Antarctica.
The Elevation IP modems aim to support the National Polar-orbiting Operational Environmental Satellite System (NPOESS) in climate research as well as increase bandwidth for communication. McMurdo Station is the largest of the three U.S. Antarctic Program’s research stations operated and managed by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
“Improvements to satellite communications from McMurdo were needed to support the large amounts of data that must be quickly delivered to the United States. The outbound circuit can now support up to 60 Mbps using 8PSK-2/3 DVB-S2 and the inbound circuit can support up to 20 Mbps with 8PSK-3/4 DVB-S2,” Raytheon’s NPOESS Global Network and Infrastructure Manager Joe Paciaroni said in a statement.