Boeing Ka-band Demo Shows off WGS Terminals

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Boeing said June 3 that it recently demonstrated integrated voice, video and data communications between three sites in Australia and the United States using Ka-band satellite terminals it developed for the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) fleet of X- and Ka-band satellites the company is building for the U.S. Air Force.

During a demonstration in May, Humvees outfitted with cameras and handheld radios successfully connected with test labs in Australia and the United States over a live Ka-band network using Boeing-built mobile terminals.

Kim Gillis, vice president and managing director of Boeing Defence Australia, said the demonstration “shows the maturity and readiness of Boeing’s capabilities in the suite of services required to provide satellite communications on the move.”

Boeing Space and Intelligence Systems of Seal Beach, Calif., is expected to build at least 10 WGS satellites. Australia is a partner in the program, having agreed in 2007 to fund one of the satellites.