Behind the scenes – Live, Fiber-Speed Satellite Demonstration at Modern Day Marine

To get a better idea of how the Marines can utilize fiber-like communication speeds at the tactical edge, you had to see the live satellite demonstration at Modern Day Marine provided by SES Space and Defense. The SES Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite communication systems were on full display at the Modern Day Marine Expo at Marine Corps Base Quantico September 19-21. The solutions demonstrated can connect defense missions in  remote areas with no existing terrestrial infrastructure, adapting to a broad range of scenarios.

“We’ve had a lot of Marines come up to us and stress the need for faster connectivity in the field. More specifically – they were most interested in latency, or the delay between sending a receiving data. It’s really rewarding to witness their reaction to how quickly and how much data they can transfer over our MEO link. It’s unprecedented,” said Paul E. Damphousse, a former Marine and project lead for the satellite demonstration. Paul currently serves as the Senior Director of Business Development at SES Space and Defense.

Damphousse added, “We’re proud to have our industry partners from Inquirere Networks participating with us at Modern Day Marine.  Inquirere integrated an “LTE bubble” into our MEO system, allowing us to push our low-latency, high-throughput capabilities out to the tactical edge.”

The satellite-enabled communications suite of solutions managed by SES Space and Defense is the first to offer collaborative communications technologies over multiple frequencies, including X-band, military Ka-, commercial C-, Ku- and Ka- bands. The system on display can access GEO wide beams and high throughput narrow beams, or deliver fiber-like MEO connectivity services. This integrated satellite-enabled solution hosts advanced features and can provide a mobile cell tower to deliver 3G and 4G/LTE connectivity.

The system is designed to enable resilient communications anywhere, and to support applications such as High Definition (HD) video surveillance, large file transfers, high-speed broadband, voice over IP and mobile backhaul in locations where ground infrastructure is non-existent or destroyed.

To get a better idea of how this is all done and managed, we asked for a presentation of the Modern Day Marine Expo as well as the live satellite demonstration. Here is a photo slideshow complete with captions detailing what each part of the satellite system does, as well as additional information about the event. View the photos below:

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 To learn more about our MEO constellation, click HERE to download the whitepaper, “O3b Fiber Like Satellite Communications for U.S. Government Applications,” or click HERE to listen to an exclusive podcast featuring O3b CEO, Steve Collar.

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