OneWeb demos LEO SATCOM
On July 19, Houston, TX-based OneWeb Technologies Inc. announced the successful conclusion of several demonstrations with MITRE and the Department of the Air Force’s Program Executive Office for Command, Control, Communication and Battle Management (PEO C3BM) during the U.S. Indo-Pacific Command “Exercise Northern Edge,” which took place recently in Alaska at the Joint Pacific-Alaska Range Complex (JPARC).
OneWeb Technologies deployed several terminals across the JPARC, including locations in the Gulf of Alaska, at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson in Anchorage, and at Eielson Air Force Base in Fairbanks, Alaska. Leveraging parent company OneWeb’s terminals, the company demonstrated high-capacity, low-latency satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity for both afloat and ashore locations and served as a critical linkage for the USAF’s Advanced Battle Management System. OneWeb Technologies provided an alternate commercial data transport pathway increasing battle network resilience that is key to the service’s Agile Combat Employment concept.
OneWeb Technologies personnel also worked with MITRE to perform initial usability and proof-of-concept testing in early spring in Bedford, Mass., ahead of the Alaska-area exercise. The results of the OneWeb SATCOM testing consistently exceeded available MILSATCOM capabilities in terms of throughput, latency, and availability.
“I am proud of the team for what they have accomplished and with the results of these demonstrations,” said Kevin Steen, CEO of OneWeb Technologies. “The performance we are seeing from the OneWeb constellation, the OneWeb Technologies secure ground network, and user equipment is the result of hard work, and great partnership with our Department of Defense and Federally Funded Research and Development Center (FFRDC) customers.”
OneWeb Technologies’ expansion of its ground architecture is expected to be complete in early 2024, with access to OneWeb’s full constellation of more than 600 satellites in-orbit, offering global service by the end of 2023. Today, OneWeb Technologies is providing mission-essential services to civil, commercial, and defense customers throughout the northern hemisphere, and will be expanding services in the coming months. Other advanced capabilities are in test and evaluation, and OneWeb Technologies is working with various defense agencies to support specialized and boutique requirements in accordance with its “customer-led, simplicity-first” business model.
“SATCOM is the lifeblood of today’s connected, precision military. Without capabilities like OneWeb and OneWeb Technologies, the world is a less secure, less sure place,” said Steen. “I’m honored to be part of enabling our country’s national security and lifesaving capabilities and am proud to be working with our defense partners around the world.”
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