"As more closed network satellite systems supporting global mobility come on line, the interface of the BUC into the network can become a critical factor in the certification process."
So says Gary Shmith, the Global Sales Director at EM Solutions, the company that has recently received multiple orders for their Ka-band BUC products for use in aeronautical SATCOM applications. EM Solutions Diamond Series Ka-band and BUCs are available in power levels starting from 16W and weighing less than 5 kg and, as they are multiband, they enable an Earth station to be configured to automatically switch between the military and commercial Ka-band frequencies. The user can configure the linearization characteristics and operating satellite RF frequency band from the product’s Ethernet monitor and control interface.
Peter Bradley, the Engineering Director for the company, added that over the past 12 months, the firm has been complementing their 3GHz wide Ka- multi-band BUC products with new GaN technology, which enables higher power output in a smaller physical footprint with lower demand on the hosting system’s power and heat budgets for equivalent RF power output when compared to legacy products. Transmit power levels close to 100 watts are provided from this highly efficient multiband platform, which allows customers to take maximum advantage of the broadband capabilities of today’s military and commercial Ka Band satellites in a single package weighing in at only 11kg.