Intelsat and L-3 CS-W Demonstrate Air Force PTW Technology on Ku-band Satellite

Intelsat Galaxy 18

Galaxy 18 satellite, once completed by Space Systems/Loral. Photo: Space Systems/Loral

[Via Satellite 04-09-2014] Intelsat General and L-3 Communication Systems-West demonstrated the new Protected United States Air Force Tactical Waveform technology over Ku-band transponders. These tests measured the performance of anti-jam modems and waveform technology over Intelsat’s Galaxy 18 satellite.

The demonstrations were observed by an Air Force Space and Missile Systems representative and showed full-duplex voice, video and IP data through the Air Force’s new Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW). “Through our collaboration with Intelsat, both airborne and ground users will be able to upgrade using L-3 wideband modems for both higher capacity and protected capabilities,” said Val Snyder, president of L-3 – Communication Systems West. L-3 CS-West provided the PTW terminal and hub modems in these tests. Intelsat and L-3 CS-West plan to hold further demonstrations on Intelsat Epic satellites over the next year.

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