[SatNews] “The two demonstrations show the technology is flexible and able to be quickly deployed at a much lower cost than building a new satellite.”
Boeing [NYSE: BA] has applied new anti-jamming technology to an existing military satellite for the first time, expanding the military’s potential to access secure communications more affordably.
In the test conducted December 15, Boeing successfully sent a government-developed, protected signal through the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS-6) satellite. Engineers confirmed that the signal met all targets for accuracy and strength. The demonstration follows a successful transmission of data over the ViaSat-1 commercial satellite in July, showing that the technology offers an affordable option for enhancing anti-jam communications using existing commercial and U.S. government satellites and terminals.
For both tests, the signal was sent using a commercial modem that ViaSat modified with anti-jamming features. Boeing plans to continue to develop and test the technology for compatibility with other terminals and systems in 2014.
A unit of The Boeing Company, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is one of the primary defense, space and security businesses specializing in innovative and capabilities-driven customer solutions, and the manufacturer of military aircraft. Headquartered in St. Louis, Boeing Defense, Space & Security is a $33 billion business with 58,000 employees worldwide.