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BlueHalo Demonstrates Multi-band Badger Terminal to Space RCO 

By Rachel Jewett | September 27, 2023

      BlueHalo recently hosted U.S. Space Force officials to demonstrate its Badger system. Photo: BlueHalo

      BlueHalo recently demonstrated its multi-band Badger satellite terminal for U.S. Space Force officials. BlueHalo successfully demonstrated target tracking and processing of signals using the multi-band software defined antenna tiles on its Badger product. 

      The software-defined tile is a scalable phased array solution that BlueHalo says simplifies mission operations through agile and re-configurable beam-forming tiles. The Badger ground terminals are built on this array technology. 

      This demonstration comes one year after BlueHalo won a $1.4 billion contract from the Space Rapid Capabilities Office (Space RCO) for the Satellite Communications Augmentation Resource (SCAR) program. The program’s aim is to increase communications capacity Geostationary (GEO) satellites through transportable, electronically steerable phased array antennas. 

      Blue Halo CEO Jonathan Moneymaker said the demonstration shows BlueHalo delivering on the “need for a more robust and modernized satellite communication infrastructure to maintain our strategic advantage in space.” 

      “In addition to adding communication capacity, the SCAR program will bring much-needed communications flexibility to the Space Force,” said Col Greg Hoffman, senior material leader for Space RCO. “This is a great example of responsive Space Force acquisitions enabling future dynamic space operations.”