TOULOUSE, France, Nov. 4 (UPI) — A military satellite communications service has been launched by Airbus Defense and Space using compact X-band terminals and the Skynet satellite network.
The service, called XEBRA, offers high throughput, mobile satellite communications for tactical- and intelligence- based missions.
The terminals weigh just 11.2 pounds. Terminal size is about 9 x 9.8 x 3.1 inches.
Airbus DS said the terminals operate with standard military battery packs and can deliver video conferencing or live video streaming services. Satellite pointing and acquisition are achieved using a built-in LCD screen and adjustable stand.
Skynet — eight satellites and associated ground segment — is a commercially owned military satellite communications system and provides secure services.
“The new XEBRA service provides users with a secure, resilient and highly mobile communications capability utilizing innovative technology,” said David Kingdon Jones, Government Communications, Airbus Defense and Space. “By using our Skynet X-band military communications satellite system and joining forces with Hughes Network Systems as a terminal development partner, we are able to provide ultra-lightweight, portable and reliable communications for use in harsh and remote environments.”