Hughes Network Systems has been awarded a Wideband Communications Architecture (WCA) study contract to support the US Department of Defense’s (DoD) plans for resilient and cost-effective satellite communications (SATCOM). Under the contract, Hughes will investigate commercial potential for how different satellite transports can interoperate for wideband government applications.

Hughes will help to create a secure and affordable WCA that can facilitate varied and redundant space and ground transports, delivering a design analysis of wide-beam, spot-beam, and on-board processing satellites, including geosynchronous and low-earth orbits and airborne platforms. An overall goal is to expand the flexibility and interoperability of US government satcom capabilities, allowing DoD’s various applications to operate over its own satellite network as well as leveraging commercial satellites, gateways, waveforms and terminals to increase mission assurance.

This new contract reinforces our growing leadership in efficient defence- and intelligence-related high-throughput satellite, ground infrastructure, and automation technologies,” Rick Lober, Vice President and General Manager of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, commented. “Hughes looks forward to supporting the DoD in helping define innovative and interoperable satellite system architectures for flexible and robust network management for contested environments.”

The company is proposing to leverage a Multi-Modem Adaptor to enable multiple service providers to contribute towards a resilient satcom service that will also automate provisioning and improve network operational efficiency.

Tim Mahon


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