Subscribe free to our newsletters via your
. 24/7 Space News .

Inmarsat's L-TAC receives enthusiastic welcome from governments
by Staff Writers
London, UK (SPX) Sep 15, 2013

Since initially demonstrating the L-TAC service in July, militaries that have trialed the service have praised its voice quality, ease of use and speed of set-up.

Inmarsat has reported that governments and militaries in more than a dozen countries around the world have successfully trialed or are currently evaluating the recently launched L-TAC service for communications-on-the-move. The company also revealed that two of the world's largest armed forces have already acquired Inmarsat's latest satellite communications solution, greatly enhancing their communications capabilities in the field.

Launched officially in July 2013, L-TAC uses Inmarsat's global L-Band satellites to extend the reach of the UHF radios used by the world's militaries. By affixing a small antenna and sub-system to either a vehicle or a soldier's backpack, military and other personnel can use their existing UHF radios to give them L-Band global satellite communications. L-TAC has been tested successfully at speeds of up to 70 mph.

"This is a tremendous achievement considering the L-TAC service was launched only two months ago and product modules have only become available this month," said Andy Start, President, Global Government at Inmarsat.

"We responded quickly to a demand in the marketplace with an easy-to-use service that addresses a communications challenge for the world's militaries. We are very pleased to see the enthusiasm and uptake to this point."

UHF military satcom typically utilises expensive and scarce TACSAT channels. L-TAC's hardware converts the UHF radio signal to L-Band to enable transmission across Inmarsat's global satellite network.

Since initially demonstrating the L-TAC service in July, militaries that have trialed the service have praised its voice quality, ease of use and speed of set-up. The service provides clear communications at high speeds, crucial for convoys on the move in hostile environments.

"The L-TAC service fills a gap in military capability by offering access to assured L-Band capacity that significantly expands Beyond-Line-of-Sight communication on the move, at the pause and at the halt," Andy Start continued.

"In only nine months, Inmarsat developed an offering that is easy-to-use, requires minimal training and is highly cost-effective in that it precludes the need to replace expensive radio equipment, demonstrating our ability to quickly respond to the requirements of our government customers."

Inmarsat and its partners will be a visible presence at the DSEi exhibition to be held in London from Tuesday 10th September and will be sponsoring the ADS Defence Reception on Thursday 12th September. The continuing schedule of L-TAC demonstrations and trials for military customers throughout the world is expected to result in an increasing adoption of the L-TAC service over coming months.


Related Links
VSAT News - Suppliers, Technology And Applications

Comment on this article via your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, Hotmail login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

ASC Signal Enables Launch of 180-Channel DTH Platform in Africa
Plano, TX (SPX) Sep 15, 2013
ASC Signal Corporation has provided the first of several large gateway antennas with high-accuracy tracking for the Slovenia teleport of STN - Satellite Telecommunication Network. The first Ka-band gateway in that country, ASC's 5.6-meter antenna system will incorporate ASC's Next Generation Controller (NGC) and patented Sub-Reflector Tracking (SRT) systems to provide the highest level of tracki ... read more

Sixteen Tons of Moondust

Scientists say water on moon may have originated on Earth

Moon landing mission to use "secret weapons"

NASA launches spacecraft to study Moon atmosphere

Explosive flooding said responsible for distinctive Mars terrain

Upgrade to Mars rovers could aid discovery on more distant worlds

Investigating 'Coal Island' Rock Outcrop

Terramechanics research aims to keep Mars rovers rolling

Voyager 1 Spotted from Earth with NRAO's VLBA and GBT Telescopes

Iran looks to put Persian cat into space

NASA Spacecraft Embarks on Historic Journey Into Interstellar Space

Elite Group of Young Scientists Embark on DARPA Research Efforts

China civilian technology satellites put into use

China to launch lunar lander by end of year: media

China launches three experimental satellites

Medical quarantine over for Shenzhou-10 astronauts

ISS Releases a White Stork and Awaits a Swan

Three astronauts back on Earth from ISS: mission control

ISS Crew Completes Spacewalk Preps

Russian cosmonaut set for space station mission resigns

Russia launches three communication satellites

Arianespace remains the global launch services leader

Russian space official denies report of problem in Soyuz return

Lockheed Martin Atlas V To Launch Morelos-3 ComSat

ESA selects SSTL to design Exoplanet satellite mission

Coldest Brown Dwarfs Blur Lines between Stars and Planets

NASA-funded Program Helps Amateur Astronomers Detect Alien Worlds

Observations strongly suggest distant super-Earth has water atmosphere

Butterfly wings inspire new technologies: from fabrics and cosmetics to sensors

Calculating the carbon footprint of California's products

First laser-like X-ray light from a solid

Space's 'Ferrari' set to fall to Earth

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2014 - Space Media Network. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA Portal Reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. Advertising does not imply endorsement,agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. Privacy Statement