Spacecom claims record-breaking tests
December 1, 2022
By Chris Forrester
Spacecom, which operates the AMOS satellite fleet, and Orbit Communication Systems, have completed a series of record-breaking performance tests of Orbit’s MPT30 and MPT46, multi-purpose, airborne satellite terminals. The systems successfully completed the trials via Spacecom’s AMOS-17 digital satellite’s Ka-band.
Orbit’s MPT30 terminal delivered a 140 Mb/s+ forward link and a 40 Mb/s+ return link and their MPT46 terminal was delivered with a 50 Mb/s+ return link with ample fade margins. The MPT terminals maintained uninterrupted connectivity to the network during all flight simulation phases tested.
The achieved data rates enable high-speed, high-resolution video and data in real time from multiple onboard sensors.
On-The-Move requirements have been an integral part of the AMOS-17’s specific satellite’s design. The satellite’s powerful, steerable Ka-band spot beams provide ‘coverage-on-demand,’ offering users a ‘center of the beam’ connectivity via manual or automated beam steering. keeping the designated platform in the beam’s center enables the customer to receive the highest possible radiated power by using compact terminals, on top of the powerful 1 to 1,000MHz bi-directional, spot beam capacity. This capability is useful when high-capacity data and video connectivity are needed during the fast deployment of airborne terminals.
According to the company, AMOS-17 is the most advanced digital HTS satellite over Africa and the Middle East. The satellite’s cross-beam and cross-band capabilities deliver a new level of operational flexibility enabling multiple configurations of hub and remotes across continents. The satellite’s extensive C- and Ka-band HTS capabilities and Ku-band, maximize throughput and spectral efficiency. These unique steerable Ka- beams enable customers to direct its required service anywhere in Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Central Asia.
Ofer Asif, SVP of business development, Strategy and Marketing at Spacecom, said: “With the takeoff of exciting and sophisticated airborne connectivity, Spacecom’s advanced AMOS-17 satellite meets our customers’ needs for top performance, uninterrupted and extensive on-demand coverage. Working with the Orbit teams expands even further Spacecom On-The-Move offering, paving the way for innovation and cutting-edge solutions to enable greater value to the industry.”