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Commtact has recently conducted a demonstration with a Central European manufacturer of UAS in which it integrated its communications systems to achieve significant beyond-line-of-sight capabilities, the company announced on 4 March.

Using only OMNI antennas, the Commtact transceiver – easily integrated and rapidly deployed – enabled the UAS to transmit telemetry and high-definition visual data, maintaining continuous communications at a range of 16km.

The Commtact system used was the Mini Micro Data Link System (M2DLS) ‒ an advanced single-unit digital data link system specifically designed for micro and small size platforms sensitive to size, weight and power consumption (SWaP) demands. The system uses open architecture and enables full duplex wideband, digital link, error correction techniques and high-rate communication in both uplink and downlink channesl from most available sensors, providing an effective solution for current and emerging requirements.

VP Marketing and Business Development, Asaf Choshniak, commented “Using only two small OMNI antennas, our system enabled the UAV to sustain transmission of telemetry and visual data over a distance of 16km, while maintaining very low SWaP. This successful cooperation with a Central European UAV manufacturer reflects our expanded and deepening operations in the European market.”

Commtact’s BAT communications system integrated with a small UAS. (Photo: Commtact)

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