Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) has been awarded a Wideband Communications Architecture Study contract to support the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) plan for resilient, cost-effective satellite communications (SATCOM) capabilities.
Under the contract, Hughes will investigate a wide-ranging commercial perspective on how different satellite transports can interoperate for wideband government applications. Hughes will help to create a secure and affordable WCA that can facilitate varied and redundant space and ground transports, delivering a design analysis of wide-beam, spot-beam, and on-board processing satellites, including GEO/LEO and airborne platforms.
An overall goal is to expand the flexibility and interoperability of U.S. government SATCOM capabilities, allowing DoD’s various applications to operate over its own satellite network as well as leveraging commercial satellites, gateways, waveforms, and terminals to increase mission assurance. Hughes is proposing to leverage a Multi-Modem Adaptor to enable multiple service providers to contribute towards a resilient SATCOM service that will also automate provisioning and improve network operational efficiency.
Rick Lober, VP and GM of Hughes Defense and Intelligence Systems Division, noted that this new contract reinforces the firm's growing leadership in efficient defense and intelligence-related high-throughput satellite, ground infrastructure, and automation technologies.