30 Jun '15, 9am

Military Tests New Comsat With 300 Times The Bandwidth

Military Tests New Comsat With 300 Times The Bandwidth

The military has tested a new commercial communications satellite system that potentially offers 300 times the bandwidth of current satellites. O3b Networks has demonstrated the technology both at sea , aboard the Navy’s Littoral Combat Ship Fort Worth in the Pacific , and and on land, for unspecified “members of the armed forces” at MacDill Air Force Base , which just happens to be the headquarters of the publicity-shy Special Operations Command . How does this work? It’s all about the altitude. The higher the satellite, the larger the area it covers and the slower it orbits. At 22,000 miles up, geostationary (GEO) satellites effectively stand still over a single point on the earth’s surface and can cover a whole continent, making them the standard for communications. But altitude comes at a cost. There’s a literal financial cost, because a rocket powerful enough to get y...

Full article: http://breakingdefense.com/2015/06/navy-socom-test-new-co...

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