Terminal passed important data for BLOS UAV applications in independent work by AnsuR Technologies and Barnard Microsystems
AUVSI XPONENTIAL, Dallas, Texas, Booth 1631 -
Cobham SATCOM has announced successful live video transmission
trials over the AVIATOR UAV 200 low SWAP satcom terminal.
Working independently with AnsuR Technologies in Norway and
Barnard Microsystems in the United Kingdom, the satcom terminal has
passed strategically important video data, a great value multiplier
for BLOS UAV operational scenarios.
Using Inmarsat's recently launched SB-UAV service, both
companies have passed good quality live video over what is
considered a very low bandwidth link for this type of
Andrew Legg, Regional Sales Director for Cobham SATCOM, said:
"Full HD video at 1 fps or 800 by 600 at 6 fps is a significant
value and strategic enhancement for LALE UAV's that would typically
be flying blind when beyond the range of high bandwidth point to
point links. This allows these small tactical UAVs to operate
in mountainous areas or in long range out-and-back applications
whilst offering the operator a massive advantage of real-time
situational awareness. The ability to re-task the platform
real-time is very important. It helps to drive costs down and
mission efficiencies up.
"While these low resolution or low frame rate video
transmissions will of course not meet all customer requirements, we
have to remember that it is not the video technical specification
that is important, it's all about the content or information
contained in the transmission and whether that adds value to the
The AVIATOR UAV 200 is a contended bandwidth 200 kbps all in one
LRU solution operating on the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband network. With
a single contract, no rain fade in L-band and global coverage
excluding the poles, it leverages the proven reliability of the
Inmarsat network to offer the lowest size, weight and power system
of its type by a huge margin. Whether it is used for full C2,
backup C2, sensor data, or imagery transfer, it is a game changer
in the LALE connectivity marketplace. It consumes less than 28
Watts of power and weighs just 1.45kgs. With no ITAR
restrictions, the unit is commercially available and shipping to
customers globally today.
Harald Skinnemoen, Founder and CEO, AnsuR Technologies, said:
"AnsuR Technologies has been developing software solutions for
mission-critical operations for a decade, including flying the
first UAV with the Cobham SB200 aero satcom terminal. With improved
best-effort communication capacity over Inmarsat, and the ease of
integrating it with our software, the AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal was
exactly what we were looking for to successfully provide customers
a long range photo and video communication capability via satellite
even for UAVs under 25kg."
Dr Joseph Barnard, Managing Director, Barnard Microsystems
Limited, added: "Our technical staff installed the Cobham AVIATOR
UAV 200 satcom terminal on our Panchito medium range Remotely
Piloted Aircraft within five working days of receiving the unit,
including the interfacing of the navigation information from the
Panchito Flight Management Unit. Three working days later we
relayed compressed video at 1 to 4 frames per second via the Cobham
AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal using the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband
satellite data relay service at data throughput rates from 110
kbit/sec to 190 kbit/sec, using the less expensive contested or
shared service option.
"Our technical staff were impressed with the lightness, the low
electrical power draw and the superb performance of the Cobham
AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal, based on our experience with a range of
other airborne and land based satcoms terminals. The Cobham AVIATOR
UAV 200 is our satcom terminal of choice for our Panchito RPA,
which is used in civilian mapping and monitoring applications, and
as an Electronic Support Measures and Monitoring RPA in military
Cobham SATCOM is attending AUVSI XPONENTIAL from May 8 to 11
where visitors are invited to visit Stand 1631 to discuss the
AVIATOR UAV 200 capabilities.
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is trust.
Cobham is a leading global technology and services innovator,
respected for providing solutions to the most challenging problems,
from deep space to the depths of the ocean.
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