Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Hughes Demos SPACEWAY 3 Capabilities for Coalition Warriors

Hughes Network Systems (HUGHES) showcased advanced capabilities of its SPACEWAY 3 system during the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID), an annual multi-national exercise designed to test new and emerging technologies against a backdrop of realistic, simulated operational scenarios. Participants included the military services, government agencies, first responders, coalition partners, and U.S. combatant commanders worldwide.

During the trials, the Hughes SPACEWAY 3 SATCOM terminal successfully demonstrated high-definition video teleconferencing (VTC) between the U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM), the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Dahlgren Division (NSWCDD), and the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center, San Diego (SSC Pacific). According to the CWID Final Report, the system established a highly reliable broadband satellite link maintaining 100% video connectivity and maximizing bandwidth for internet, data, Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP), VTC, and IP-based applications.

A report from the Coalition Warrior Interoperability Demonstration (CWID) is online.

  • Launched by Arianespace in August 2007, the geostationary SPACEWAY 3 satellite offer 10 Gbps of gross capacity. It was designed and developed as a next-generation, Ka-band broadband satellite system, and is the world's first commercial satellite to employ on-board traffic switching and routing. It also features dynamic beam forming, and direct small-dish-to- small-dish connectivity for subscribers.

  • Hughes has built a scalable Network Operations and Control Center (NOCC), installed at its Germantown Maryland headquarters, which anchors control functions for network addressing, registration, network security, admission control and multicasting. The NOCC also provides satellite payload management, capacity planning, terminal management, customer care and network management functions. The SPACEWAY architecture can scale up to two million terminals per satellite and will provide coverage with multiple spot beams across the U.S. including Alaska, Hawaii and Puerto Rico, as well as in selected areas in Canada, Mexico, and major cities in South America.

  • SPACEWAY 3 was built by Boeing and is based on the company's 702 satellite platform.

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