Intelsat, US Army conduct multiorbit terminal experiment
On November 16, McLean, VA-based Intelsat, operator of one of the world’s largest integrated satellite and terrestrial networks, delivered high-speed, uninterrupted satellite communications connectivity with Intelsat’s Multi-Orbit Tactical Terminal (MOTT) during a two-week field test with the U.S. Army. The rigorous demonstration was one of the largest military field network tests since the initial launch of the terminal.
The demonstration was part of the Army’s annual Network Modernization Experiment (NetModX), which includes Army scientists and engineers working with industry to perform realistic field tests to build upon work completed in the laboratory. The 2023 tests focused on “automated and protected communications,” with Intelsat and the MOTT being one of the primary commercial services and terminals included in the experiments.
“Working alongside Army’s engineers, Intelsat put the MOTT system through rigorous realistic experiments only seen during combat and the MOTT delivered uninterrupted connectivity at high speeds,” said Ray Lindenmayer, director of business development of Intelsat’s Government Solutions division. “The future of Army satellite communications includes rugged terminals with no moving parts that deliver reliable connections in harsh environments.”
Satellites such as Intelsat’s satellites and its next-generation software-defined satellites provide layers of capacity, redundancy, and global coverage. These features are critical for daily operations.
“The MOTT maintains constant connectivity with satellite constellations via a single ruggedized low-profile antenna,” said Kfir Benjamin, CEO at Get SAT. “By partnering with Intelsat and using open standards, the terminal gives customers the flexibility to select optimal primary and secondary communication paths to meet changing mission needs.”
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