As satellite operators work to show the benefits of their respective frequency bands, one point of contention comes up again and again; performance in bad weather. [Read more…]
When my old model iPhone started to have battery issues, I knew the time was coming to switch to a better option. While I wasn’t particularly happy about the money I’d need to spend, I couldn’t do without a phone, either. I needed to switch quickly and relatively painlessly. Like most people, I use my phone for almost everything. [Read more…]
When you first encounter a company, one of your initial questions (after what do they do?) is most likely how big are they? Indeed companies are often evaluated not solely by their performance, but by their size. [Read more…]
Nearly all of us have a veteran in our family or circle of friends – we all know someone. Through flags or poppies, flowers or photographs – how many veterans will you be honoring this week? [Read more…]
The time for battle is approaching. Timing is crucial; if ground is to be gained, strategy must be able to quickly change where necessary. Communication is critical. As the commander looks to the sky, he sees rain is coming – success now looks doubtful as his message may not get through.
The year is 1864 and this scene takes place during the US Civil War. While the telegraph has been invented, there are no wires at this battlefield. Instead, our commander is hoping to utilize signaling – a recently devised system of army communications involving flags and torches. But signaling relies on visual contact, rain and fog will obscure the commander’s line of sight, as would smoke from the battlefield. At best, only parts of his message will get through. [Read more…]
HTS is in the news a lot lately. But as we’ve highlighted in previous posts, it faces several challenges in military applications.
In this series, we have outlined ways in which X-band compares to HTS for a military or government user. XTAR is the tried and trusted solution and naturally suited for the military but is often overlooked in light of newer solutions. Why? We believe that throughout the years, several myths have accumulated surrounding the use of this frequency. This final post in our series seeks to clear up those myths and present the true picture of X-band. [Read more…]
In the March/April 2017 issue of Government Military Communications Magazine, XTAR President and COO, Philip Harlow discusses XTAR’s exclusive focus on serving government and military users with X-band. Read the interview.
Company to supply X-band satellite services for the continued testing of the MQ-4C Triton UAS
XTAR has announced that it has been selected once again by the U.S. Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) to supply X-band satellite bandwidth for the MQ-4C Triton UAS. The blanket purchase agreement has a ceiling of $9.8 million and consists of a one-year base with four one-year options. [Read more…]
In today’s military and political environment, Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) is more important than ever before—the ability to maintain solid communications while moving across wide geographical areas is a large determinant of mission success—or failure. In the April edition of MilsatMagazine, XTAR’s Jim Chambers outlines the critical requirements decision makers need to keep in mind when reviewing trusted technologies and understanding newer claims.
XTAR has one customer and one customer only: the military or government user. Why is that important? With a lot of talk recently about HTS, we feel it is important to highlight how we are different, especially from the user’s experience. This post is third in a series of four which examines key ways in which HTS and X-band differ according to the needs and requirements of that military/government user. [Read more…]