Airbus Defence and Space

Airbus Defense and Space demonstrates new Skynet capabilities as part of its new AuroraGlobal initiative

Ideal for secure UAV ISR operations, AuroraGlobal draws on the power of Airbus Defense and Space’s Skynet constellation to provide more than 70Mbps through 0.6-m terminals

It also offers four times more assured throughput service for military satcom terminals already in service at sea

Airbus Defense and Space has launched AuroraGlobal, able to provide unmatched high throughput military satcom services to defense and other government customers, using the power of Skynet satellites and new developments in ground network infrastructure. As part of the new offer, Airbus Defense and Space has demonstrated new X-band capabilities by delivering higher throughput via smaller terminals, including terminals already in operation.

Test results in 2013 have proven that X-band is a highly capable bearer for the increasing requirements of governmental user demands. Airbus Defense and Space engineers achieved unprecedented results using the latest available small antenna and hardened Skynet satellites. Delivering more than 70Mbps (transmit and receive), using a 0.6-m terminal and the latest DVB-S2 modem technology, this opens up secure satcom options for comms-on-the-move ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) operations, particularly in the UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) domain.

“Airbus Defense and Space is at the highest level of satcom services technology. We continuously strive to improve the performance we deliver to customers, offering them the best value solutions available and providing unmatched next generation military satcom,” said Evert Dudok, Head of Communications, Intelligence & Security at Airbus Defense and Space.

Separate tests of Airbus Defense and Space’s SCOT5 1.5-m naval terminals, currently in service, confirmed that levels of assured throughput service could be achieved at four times the present levels provided to military satcom customers. These results demonstrate that X-band is a clear response to the operational needs of military users, whether occasional high data rate ISR or continuous operational communications.

Airbus Defense and Space’s latest strategic partnerships with operators of complementary satcom capabilities – such as Inmarsat’s Global Xpress and Intelsat’s EpicNG – also provide customers with the maximum flexibility and assurance that they have access to the best-fit and future-proof high performance satcom services portfolio.

Airbus Defense and Space currently operates the hardened Skynet military satellite constellation and the ground network to provide all Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) communications to the UK Ministry of Defence. This Private Finance Initiative (PFI) also enables the company to provide Skynet-based communication services to armed forces from other countries including US, Canada and Australia, as well as to NATO.

 

SEE MORE ON AIRBUS DEFENCE & SPACE AT THE SATELLITE 2014 EXHIBITION

Airbus Defence and Space strengthens strategic Global Xpress® partnership with Inmarsat by signing new enterprise and defense agreements

 

Airbus Defense and Space and Intelsat plan new high throughput maritime VSAT services with EpicNG platform

 

Airbus Defense and Space launches AuroraGlobal, its new high throughput satcom services for maritime

 

Airbus Defense and Space launches AuroraGlobal, its new high throughput satcom services

 

About Airbus Defense and Space

Airbus Defense and Space is a division of Airbus Group formed by combining the business activities of Cassidian, Airbus Defence and Space and Airbus Military. The new division is Europe’s number one defense and space enterprise, the second largest space business worldwide and among the top ten global defense enterprises. It employs some 40,000 employees generating revenues of approximately €14 billion per year.

Contacts at Satellite 2014

Astrid Emerit
+33 686 65 45 02

Bruno Daffix
+33 648 09 96 50

AuroraGlobalSkynet constellationSatcom terminals