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Jun 03, 2014, post by admin

Thuraya Introduces Atlas IP

Thuraya Atlas IP is the second maritime-specific product launched by Thuraya in 2014, designed to complement the Thuraya Orion IP broadband terminal by offering a fully-featured voice and data product with additional functionality built in, not only for Military Customers.

Thuraya Atlas IP is specifically designed to deliver added value to end-users seeking enhanced connectivity and greater operational efficiency on board ships. It provides merchant maritime, fishing, government and leisure users with a purpose-designed, fully-featured maritime satellite terminal that supports voice and broadband IP data connectivity at speeds of up to 444kbps.

Thuraya Atlas IP features improved power efficiency, a smaller form factor and greater versatility than rival maritime broadband products. The terminal features a single cable connection to the stabilized antenna, direct bulkhead mounting and built-in Wi-Fi.

It also includes a range of features designed to support improved communications functionality and enhance shipboard operations. These include port forwarding, which can automatically transfer data from shipboard equipment and devices in support of M2M reporting routines, an English/Chinese web interface, a built-in firewall, continuous GPS output and the ability to limit data sessions by time or volume.

May 30, 2014, post by admin

The Significance of End-to-End Connectivity for Next-Generation UAVs

As the sophistication and capabilities of UAVs continue to evolve, engineers need to pay greater attention to end-to-end connectivity to avoid performance bottlenecks. Many UAVs are long-endurance platforms capable of sustained flight measured in days, loitering to perform surveillance and strike missions. In their surveillance role, UAVs may carry multiple cameras and sensors to deal with a variety of frequencies, from visible light to infrared and thermal. In addition to the spectral challenges, an important issue is creating cameras that overcome low resolution and narrow fields of view.

The ARGUS (Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance) imaging system, for example, can spot a six-inch object within a ten-square-mile radius from 20,000 feet in the air. The ARGUS system uses 368 cameras and can capture, process, and download one million terabytes a day. Combining images from multiple cameras and other signal processing needs require fast embedded computers and sophisticated software. Because of the enormous amount of data generated by the sensors, an additional system challenge is separating the wheat from the chaff via onboard processing so that only critical data is transmitted to satellites or ground stations. Even if the ARGUS system can process one millions terabytes a day, the larger ISR infrastructure can’t handle such loads, even with hefty data compression.


May 26, 2014, post by admin

US Air Force is looking for ways to drive down cost on protected military satellite communications

“Our budgets are shrinking, the threats are getting harder and the requirement and need is getting greater,” warned David Madden, executive director of the service’s Space and Missile Systems Center (AFSMC).

Madden said AFSMC’s budget has been cut from $10 billion to $5.6 billion without a drop in the services it must provide. That’s forced some creative thinking, and will likely lead to a greater reliance on the commercial industry.


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