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.
Small UAV manufacturers, take note: your efforts to build smaller, lighter UAVs with longer range and higher endurance are not going unnoticed. Time for a quick primer on what the established competition already knows: UAVs are Size, Weight and Power-limited (SWaP-limited) applications, and thus operate better in X-band – and the reason is simple physics involving (a) X-band’s high-capacity, weather-resistant wavelengths, and (b) the smaller, lighter equipment that can be used in X-band applications due to satellite spacing.
We at XTAR have said it before; having frequency band flexibility is key to giving government users the best service for the lowest price. It’s not one size fits all when it comes to bandwidth. [Read more…]
We’ve listened to government airborne users who told us that their needs fall outside the scope of full time service (too expensive!) but could never be met by traditional metered service providers (not flexible!).
XTAR and Satcom Direct, a leader in providing connectivity for airborne users for years, have forged a partnership to proactively meet this gap. We have introduced a new on-demand and minutes based service for aircraft transmitting at rates up to 12 Mbps. [Read more…]
EMC Using X-band for Airborne Terminal Application
XTAR, LLC renewed a long-term contract to supply EMC with high-throughput X-band to disadvantaged airborne terminals.
EMC is a leading provider of communications and content services for remote locations around the world. As part of the contract, XTAR will continue to provide space segment to Airborne intelligence, surveillance and recognizance (ISR) platforms involved in border surveillance missions. [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…]