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Hughes Announces JUPITER System Enhancements for Highest Possible Performance and Efficiency

May 1, 2019 - Hughes Network Systems announced enhancements to its JUPITER System, the company's next generation very small aperture terminal (VSAT) platform for broadband services over both high throughput and conventional satellites. The Hughes JUPITER System enables operators to achieve the highest possible performance and efficiency for satellite broadband, with enhancements including: support for up to 300 Mbps of throughput; 16,000 TCP sessions; a newly designed, cost-effective Ka-band radio employing higher order modulation for the return channel; reduced inroute channel spacing; and Layer 2 protocol support. Designed with advanced DVB-S2X, terminals in the JUPITER family now support 300 Mbps of throughput plus acceleration of 16,000 TCP sessions – ideal for applications with many simultaneous users, whether for fixed cellular backhaul and Community Wi-Fi Hotspot solutions, or for mobility services on an airplane or ship. Employing an integrated linear Ka-band radio, the JUPITER System supports both 8PSK and 16APSK higher order modulation schemes, delivering more bits per hertz, which combined with reduced spacing of the return channel yields higher bandwidth efficiency and lower service cost for operators. Additional new features include Layer 2 support, enabling operators to seamlessly integrate satellite and terrestrial offerings, plus support for mobility roaming among JUPITERequipped operators offering aero and maritime services.

Comtech EF Data Expands Satellite Modem Product Line

May 1, 2019 - Comtech EF Data Corp. expanded its Satellite Modem product line, introducing more form factor choices, the SLM-5650C and SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx™ Software Defined Modems, and enhanced performance options. The SLM-5650C and SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx Software Defined Modems are the latest generation modem solutions featuring extremely compact form factors and software options. The new modems can be integrated with a variety of platforms and provide an upgrade path to support future requirements. The modems are designed to comply with the widest possible range of U.S. Government and commercial standards, and are compatible with the largest number of satellite modems in the industry. The SLM-5650C CyberLynx model is an indoor product that operates from -10C to +55C using conductive cooling. The heat is transferred from the electronics to the housing and then to an external mounting surface, such as a trailer wall. The SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx model is a true IP67 rated Outdoor Unit (“ODU”) that is designed to meet MIL-STD-810G and operates from -32C to +65C. The modems offer unparalleled protection of critical network traffic using advanced physical layer waveforms and proven TRANSEC protection. The SLM-5650C and SLM-5650C ODU CyberLynx feature AES-256 TRANSEC that is fully compatible with Comtech EF Data’s new SLM-5650B and legacy SLM-5650A Satellite Modems.

Satmotion Pocket and iDirect Ensure Reliable Connectivity at Scale

May 1, 2019 - Integrasys has announced that its Satmotion Pocket auto-commissioning tool is being tested on iDirect Velocity, a highly scalable Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platform to deliver managed service offerings across a wide array of markets, which is used by many of the largest satellite operators including Intelsat, SES and Inmarsat. Satmotion Pocket is an easy-to-use tool for simplifying the VSAT commissioning process. It runs as a simple mobile application and ensures that installers are able to accurately set up VSAT antennas while drastically reducing deployment time and the risk of errors. Ideal for high throughput satellite (HTS) operators, iDirect Velocity enables massive scale, global bandwidth management and advanced mobility. By using Satmotion Pocket, iDirect Velocity users can ensure that all their VSAT remote sites across the entire network are set up quickly and accurately commissioned. This reduces time-to-market, maximizes network performance and minimizes operating expenses.

Comtech Xicom Announces New 650‐Watt Ka‐band SATCOM HTS Gateway Uplink Power Amplifier

May 1, 2019 - Comtech Telecommunications Corp.’s Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology, Inc. (Xicom), which is part of Comtech’s Commercial Solutions segment, announced a new 650-Watt Ka-Band amplifier for High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) gateway service. The XTD-650KaL is a compact power amplifier designed for low cost installation and long life. Its antenna is mounted at the feed to minimize path loss. This new traveling wave tube amplifier (TWTA) offers 150-Watts of more power than the classic 500W Ka-Band amplifier and features 215W of linear power at -19 dB Noise Power Ratio (NPR) across the 27.5 to 30 GHz frequency range. The amplifier is available with Xicom’s SuperCoolTMliquid cooling, which has many practical advantages over traditional air-cooled amplifiers including reduced heat load in hubs, flexible and more compact installation, ease of service and maintenance, higher reliability, ambient noise reduction and gain stability over ambient temperature. Power combining and redundancy architectures are also available.

EchoStar Mobile and RigNet Partner to Promote Innovative Mobile Satellite Services

May 1, 2019 - EchoStar Mobile, a mobile operator providing connectivity across Europe through a hybrid satellite and terrestrial network and a subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation, and RigNet announced an agreement to promote and distribute EchoStar Mobile IP-based Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) for voice and data to RigNet's European customer base. RigNet will distribute equipment and provide secure, reliable and cost-effective connectivity services via the EchoStar XXI spacecraft operating in the S-band spectrum (with a complementary ground component) licensed in the 28 European member states. Equipment for the EchoStar Mobile network, including advanced IP voice and data terminals, is designed and manufactured by EchoStar subsidiary Hughes Network Systems, LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services.

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