Have you wondered what trends in business ultimately will be successful, and which are just flashes in the pan? Look no further than everyday cell phones, the success of which is largely due to countless improvements overcoming Size, Weight, and Power (SWaP) limitations of previous generations of cell phones and computing devices. Not surprisingly, the UAV market faces the same challenges, with UAVs becoming smaller, lighter, and more powerful with every iteration.
Ball Aerospace and XTAR support USAF TENCAP SATCOM Demonstration
Boulder, Co. /Herndon, Va., July 26, 2016 – Ball Aerospace collaborated with XTAR LLC to successfully demonstrate high-throughput service using Ball’s industry-leading AIRLINK® X-1 antenna configured for the C130 hatch. The demonstration took place at Aberdeen Proving Ground. [Read more…]
Satellite connectivity is the key to beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS) communications on UAVs. Traditionally, smaller UAVs (Class III with max weight of 1320 lbs and max speed 250 kts) have been limited to operating with line-of-site communications systems. Because they have not been able to accommodate large, power-hungry SATCOM terminals, which require substantial space on the aircraft, their operational range has been dramatically limited. Today, however, things are changing. New, smaller SATCOM terminals are coming into the market. As a result, new options are permitting these smaller aircraft to expand their range and therefore significantly improve their usefulness to the warfighter. [Read more…]