10 Oct 2010 - e2E Satcom supports the SB-SAT Consortium
e2E Satcom has been selected by Com Dev Europe and Inmarsat to perform system and
type approval testing of the innovative new BGAN terminal, christened SB-SAT (SwiftBroadband
for Satellite). Partnered with Broad Reach Engineering in the US, this group of companies
is planning to deliver a terminal that will provide 24/7 real-time, IP-based access
(up to 475kbps) to and from Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.
COMDEV Europe Ltd has been awarded a contract from ESA for the engineering qualification
model of the SB-SAT transceiver and the modification required to the Inmarsat BGAN
Ground Segment elements.
LEO satellites are traditionally out of coverage for large parts of their orbits,
due to limited visibility to their ground stations. The SB-SAT terminal would enable
LEO spacecraft to access Telemetry, Tracking and Control (TT&C) and low rate data
in real time during the whole orbit. This new SB-SAT terminal, which leverages the
services and capabilities of the existing Inmarsat BGAN network, will revolutionise
connectivity and the concept of operations for these platforms.
Given its long experience and insights into the operation of the BGAN system, and
its close relationship with Inmarsat, e2E Satcom is ideally placed to help with the
engineering and testing of this new terminal type, and is providing both programmatic
and technical inputs alongside the test planning and execution of the launch product.
e2E Satcom is also proud to work with Com Dev Europe and Broad Reach Engineering
for the first time, and looks forward to supporting these leading manufacturers of
space flight hardware through to successful product delivery.
A first flight opportunity for the under development SB-SAT technology has been already
secured by the industrial consortium through a contract awarded to Inmarsat.
About e2E Satcom
e2E Satcom is dedicated to bringing smart solutions to the mobile satellite communications
marketplace. Encompassing the skills and experience necessary to plan, design, develop,
inter-work and type approve User Terminals (UTs) for the latest mobile satellite
systems, e2E Satcom serves as a dynamic partner for leading manufacturers and operators
around the world.
e2E Satcom is today developing the smart solution for delivering the promises of
Software Defined Radio (SDR) for next-generation UTs. With a new class of development
tools and software IPR at your disposal, it will never have been easier to deliver
world-beating products to market. e2E Satcom is proud to deliver on its name, with
truly end-to-end solutions and services for terminal manufacturers.