Harris CapRock Partners with Astrium for UHF Satellite Service (7/10/12)
Harris CapRock Communications signed a multiyear, multichannel agreement with Astrium Services to offer end-to-end UHF tactical satellite solutions to international and U.S. government users. The joint Harris CapRock and Astrium end-to-end commercial UHF service will be launched in spring 2013.
Harris CapRock joins Astrium Services in providing UHF solutions across the entire Skynet Fleet as a global channel partner. Astrium Services owns and operates a fleet of military-grade geosynchronous communications satellites with both UHF and X-band payloads.
UHF is the ultra-critical communications link designed for users at the tactical edge, and for command-and-control reach-back. In February, the U.S. government launched the first of five next-generation UHF satellites known as the mobile user objective system (MUOS). Despite the substantial increase in capacity and capability offered by MUOS, the demand for UHF satellite capacity still exceeds supply by more than 200 percent, according to government reports.
The service will include dedicated 25-kilohertz and 5-kilohertz satellite channels for use with any UHF tactical satellite (TACSAT)-capable radios. The UHF service also will support legacy UHF waveforms such as DAMA and IW when using government infrastructure.
“UHF is essential when assured tactical communications are a must,” said Tom Eaton, president, Harris CapRock. “Because we are part of Harris, we are able to combine industry-leading radios and waveforms with Harris CapRock’s satellite and terrestrial infrastructure to offer end-to-end UHF solutions to customers operating in extreme environments. We also are enabling something our customers have never had before — full control over their UHF missions.”
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