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Inmarsat Announces New UAV Satellite Communications Service

By Mike Ball / 08 May 2017

Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR UAV 200 terminalInmarsat and Cobham SATCOM have announced the launch of the Inmarsat SwiftBroadband unmanned aerial vehicle (SB-UAV) satellite communications service, intended for use with the Cobham SATCOM AVIATOR UAV 200 terminal.

Shaun Flanagan, Sales Director at AERO-SATCOM, an Inmarsat channel launch partner for the new service, said: “Unmanned intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) is one of the fastest growing markets for Mobile Satellite Services (MSS). Due to the constraints on equipment size, weight and power consumption for this type of aircraft, it is crucial that the providers of airborne MSS equipment and satellite services be creative in supporting the applications required by ISR operators.”

“Cobham’s AVIATOR UAV 200 combined with SB-UAV, Inmarsat’s Class 4 SwiftBroadband service, allow AERO-SATCOM to meet the needs of this demanding market.”

The AVIATOR UAV 200 integrates all required systems into a compact, lightweight box. Inmarsat has worked to complement the miniature terminal with the release of the SB-UAV service – an Inmarsat SwiftBroadband Class 4 service which provides up to 200 kbps data for full, real-time control of the UAV whilst also allowing real time image or video transfer in parallel.

Andrew Legg, Regional Director of Sales, Aero, at Cobham SATCOM, said: “We are extremely excited to be working with Inmarsat on providing the AVIATOR UAV 200 Satcom terminal and its associated service, SB-UAV to the unmanned aerial vehicle industry. There is significant interest in the product capability from within the industry globally as OEMs and operators recognise the value of the highly reliable all-weather data connectivity solution operating on the established and well-proven Inmarsat network. The low weight of the system and its resulting applicability on even the smaller long range UAVs means it is a true platform BLOS capability multiplier.”

Andy Start, President of Inmarsat Global Government, said: “We determined that a key enabler for the effectiveness of increased UAV deployment in the government market lay in the efficient transfer of information between these vehicles and decision makers. By extending the ability to retrieve information off a UAV beyond line of sight, the value of each sortie is extended exponentially – allowing increased operational agility through substantially improved situational awareness.”

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Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact
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