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The X-Factor: A SATCOM Blog

Weatherproof – or not?

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.

Start With X. Stay With X.

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…

Agility in Battle… and Business

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.

Resiliency, Affordability, Ease of Use: Equipping the WGS User with XTAR

Since 2005, XTAR has provided the U.S. Government a U.S. industry-unique product: 1.44 GHz of military-grade, high-throughput, virtually-weatherproof X-band SATCOM bandwidth that is 100% compatible with the DoD’s own Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) constellation. That’s right: XTAR’s fleet of 20 powerful, 72 MHz transponders are 100% compatible WGS, and thus provides a natural, redundant resiliency…

Leveraging Commercial Innovation

Lori Garver, former Deputy Administrator at NASA gave an interview to The Commercial Space Blog on November 23, 2017. During this, Ms Garver advocated several positions related to how best the US Government could leverage technological developments that commercial industries are bringing ever faster to market. I think several of the approaches she highlighted are…

U.S. Navy Carrier Strike Group Operations and High-Throughput, All-Weather X-band SATCOM

Navies around the globe know that not all radio frequency bands are created equal. As the graphic below depicts, radio signals with frequencies above 10 gigahertz (GHz) are crippled by atmospheric attenuation (i.e. “rain fade”) that degrades signal strength very quickly in hot, humid tropical environments; cold, rainy or overcast environments; sandy or dusty environments;…

Who is Your Veteran?

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?

Winter is Coming: Weatherproofing Your SATCOM

As summer starts drawing to a close and more difficult weather begins to set in, it is a good time to consider how to mitigate the impacts of weather on our military operations. Weather can have a devastating impact on military operations – whether from rain, sleet, snow, fog, and even sand storms and dust…

Interference in Communications

Anyone old enough to read this remembers that it used to be impossible to make a cell phone call while in an elevator. One would either stand in the lobby until the call ended, or warn the person on the other end that the call would soon drop.

Increasing Decisive Advantage: the X-band UAV

UAV operators and acquisition offices take note: not all beyond-line-of-sight UAVs are made the same. A certain breed, namely X-band UAVs, are far ahead of the rest in terms of all-weather, go anywhere, anytime can-do ISR and weapons delivery capability. And they offer less radio frequency (RF) interference to surrounding operations, and can do it…