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Viasat Reveals New Dynamic Video Encoding Capability for ISR Missions

By | August 3, 2020
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Viasat corporate headquarters in Carlsbad, Calif. Photo: Viasat

Viasat is rolling out a new Dynamic Video Encoding (DVE) capability that optimizes sensor data for military aircraft on Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions. The new DVE capability helps aircraft optimize their available bandwidth and video transmissions to and from an aircraft.

As military aircraft on ISR missions traverse within a single beam and/or across higher data rate spot beam satellites, they are often unable to adjust sensor data rates to efficiently use the full satellite performance available. Recognizing this limitation, Viasat developed its DVE capability to optimize ISR data feeds based on satellite capability, as well as allowing this configuration-on-the-fly to occur across security boundaries. Additionally, Viasat’s DVE application aims to provide video quality adaptation, bandwidth optimization, configuration across security boundaries, and congestion management.

“The Viasat DVE capability is game-changing—it increases the utility of Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) sensor data for ISR missions when aircraft travel across different satellites, different beams of the same satellite or through varying signal strengths in the same beam, enabling a more efficient use of the satellite bandwidth,” said Ken Peterman, president, Government Systems, Viasat. “With Viasat DVE, we can enable military aircraft to maximize in-flight video quality and speeds as well as enable continuous video streaming, greater command and control (C2) and enhanced situational awareness to increase mission capability and success to the warfighter.”