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Ka Band Offers Fast, Secure Satellite Link for UAVs

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Engineers Open Up Satellite Superhighway for UAVs (excerpt)

(Source: The Engineer; published Nov. 11, 2013)

British engineers have demonstrated how the Ka band - a fast and rarely-used satellite communications frequency - could be used to help support unmanned air vehicle (UAV) missions.

UAVs need to be able to securely and rapidly transfer large amounts of data during missions, but many existing satellite communications networks are becoming increasingly congested.

To address this, experts from BAE’s Future Combat Air Systems division have worked alongside engineers from Astrium - Europe’s largest space firm - to find a way to use a ‘communications corridor’ within the Ka-band to send large amounts of data into space.

John Airey, of BAE Systems, said: ‘Tapping into this communications frequency is the equivalent of a home internet user switching from an old copper wire modem connection to fibre optic broadband.’ (end of excerpt)

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