Boeing has demonstrated new anti-jamming technology for existing military communications satellites.
The company says it sent a government-developed, protected signal through the sixth Wideband Global Satellite on December 15. "Engineers confirmed that the signal met all targets for accuracy and strength," said the Boeing announcement. The company earlier sent a jam-resistant signal over the ViaSat-1 commercial satellite in July. Both tests used a commercial modem that ViaSat modified with anti-jamming features.
"This technology boosts the ability of warfighters to send protected information without enemy data interference by using currently available satellites that do not have anti-jamming technology of their own," said Craig Cooning, vice president of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "The two demonstrations show the technology is flexible and able to be quickly deployed at a much lower cost than building a new satellite."
Boeing will continue tests with other satellite systems this year.
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