WGS satellite

Globecomm’s Auto-Explorer lightweight transport (LT) terminal has successfully completed Ka-band certification testing to operate over the US Air Force’s (USAF) Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) network.

Conducted from the US Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT), the milestone complements the terminal’s X-Band WGS certification allowing full WGS flexibility in either frequency band.

With the latest testing, Globecomm’s Auto-Explorer LT 1.2 X-Band and 1.0-Meter Ka-Band configurations are qualified to operate over WGS.
Globecomm CEO Keith Hall said the certification confirms the high standards of operability of the terminal.

"As the US and its WGS foreign partners plan acquisition strategies for Ka and X-Band ground terminal assets, WGS certification is a 100% mandatory prerequisite to respond," Hall said.

"Completing the LT certification in both military bands enables Globecomm to promote our WGS ready LT product family to satisfy these future needs."

The Ka-band terminals are expected to take full advantage of the entire WGS fleet’s capability, which was further improved with WGS-5 and WGS-6 capacity earlier this year.

"The Auto Explorer transportable satellite terminals are lightweight, high-performance, two-way communication systems."

Comprising segmented antennas, feed systems and solid state power amplifiers, the Auto Explorer transportable satellite terminals are lightweight, high-performance, two-way communication systems designed for use by both military units and federal agencies.

Capable of seamlessly extending user networks to remote edge locations to enable secure voice, data and video communications, the terminals also feature low noise block downconverters, TDMA/IP modems and auto acquisition control systems.

The terminal also supports a range of OEM L-band modem products from Comtech EF Data, iDirect, Hughes and ViaSat and is available in single-, dual- or tri-band configurations.

Built by Boeing, the WGS satellites are designed to support missions including to and from tactical communications between ground forces and the relaying of data and imagery from airborne intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) platforms.

Image: An impression of Wideband Global SATCOM satellite in Orbit. Photo: Source: courtesy of WGS Program Office.

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