Intelsat General Communications (IGC), a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat, and Cubic’s GATR Antennas recently demonstrated the power of the Intelsat FlexGround service for the U.S. Air Force’s 628th Mission Support Group and 437th Operations Support Squadron or Combat Readiness Group (CRG) at Joint Base Charleston in South Carolina.
The CRG is looking for a global expeditionary terminal set and managed-network capability to help them respond to worldwide threats and emergencies on short notice. Intelsat’s FlexGround service proved capable of meeting their ongoing needs, as well as offering an ad-hoc base communications solution, leveraging an ultra-light GATR Inflatable Satellite Antenna system, to help them respond to emergency events.
Officers and enlisted personnel watched a Communications-on-the-Pause (COTP) demonstration that utilized GATR’s 1.2 meter antenna to transmit live data over the Intelsat network.
Then, the Airmen watched a Communications-on-the-Move (COTM) demonstration using the IGC FlexGround Jeep, which is equipped with a Kymeta u7 terminal. A Silvus radio was also used to extend the FlexGround service from the Kymeta terminal to a handheld radio system. The servicemembers were able to use their cell phones to dial through the existing cellular infrastructure, transmit a live video feed via the Intelsat teleport and connect to an Intelsat laptop over the FlexGround network — all while on the move.
“IGC is proud to support the military with their mobile satcom needs,” said Dan Ortiz, Sales Director, Intelsat General. “Proving our capabilities to connect troops when they need it the most goes to the core of what we strive to do each and every day.”