Cubic Deploys Antennas for Hurricane Response Efforts

GATR antennas currently deployed in St. John. Photo: Cubic.

GATR antennas currently deployed in St. John. Photo: Cubic.

Cubic has deployed its Gatr satellite antennas as well as personnel to support hurricane disaster recovery operations in the Caribbean. Working with several of its global disaster relief customers, Cubic’s deployed antennas on the islands of St. John and St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Martin.

On the island of St. John, for example, the Gatr antenna is providing communications, networking and high-bandwidth internet connectivity via satellite for a local clinic, hospital and pharmacy to ensure medications are refilled for patients on and off the island, according to the company.

The inflatable Gatr 2.4-meter antenna can be packed and transported in two cases weighing less than 100 pounds each or less for smaller antennas, according to Cubic. It can provide high-bandwidth communications in extreme environments, including winds up to 75 mph.

“With many hurricane victims displaced and separated from their homes and families, communication lines remain uncertain,” said Mike Twyman, president of Cubic mission solutions. “Using our Gatr antennas, we are able to help individuals stay connected to family and friends as well as assist the daily operations of medical personnel and first responders.”

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