The Kymeta ™ u8 terminal is the first and only terminal available today capable of establishing COTM and COTP with LEO and GEO constellations.
REDMOND, Washington, July 23, 2021– (BUSINESS WIRE) – Kymeta (www.kymetacorp.com), the communications company making mobile technology global, today announced seamless interoperability between the Kymeta ™ u8 terminal, Low Earth orbit satellites (Low Earth Orbit, LEO) from Kepler Communications and SATCOM geostationary orbit (Geostationary, GEO) terminals in an annual military battle laboratory exercise focused on integrating operations, intelligence and technology.
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Kymeta demonstrates LEO and GEO interoperability with the u8 at technical demonstration. (Photo: Business Wire)
The u8 is the first and only terminal available today that demonstrates automatic handover between a GEO SATCOM terminal and Kepler’s LEO constellation with high performance for communications on the move (COTM) and communications on the stand. pause, COTP). Today’s fighters require access to command and control (C2) networks that provide message traffic, email, VoIP (Voice over IP) and video teleconferencing (VTC) service, as well as higher performance networks to send and receive large amounts of data. The demonstration demonstrated that access to C2 networks and high-performance communications is possible with a single integrated terminal, the u8.
“While today’s mobile forces operating in remote environments may have access to communications through a traditional very small aperture terminal (VSAT) or legacy COTM terminals, they do not have access to the LEO constellations of high performance, “said Rob Weitendorf, Vice President of Business Development for Kymeta. “The u8 provides the necessary capacity and seamless connectivity between the LEO and GEO satellites. We couldn’t be more delighted with the excitement our demonstration received from the Special Forces community at the event.”
Three stationary ground stations with GEO and LEO capabilities located in Inuvik, Canada, Redmond, WA, and Tuscon, AZ were combined with a mobile terminal in the Virginia Beach, VA demonstration. Each station had access to six Kepler LEO satellites and two GEO satellites. The change from GEO to LEO and from linear to circular polarization was automated and accomplished by software only. The Kymeta and Kepler experiment focused on providing high data speed point-to-point communications in which data was transmitted from one ground station to another without a connection to the cloud, followed by GEO SATCOM for day-to-day operations.
The results exceeded expectations and demonstrated a significant performance increase with lower latency, improved viewing angles, and speeds that are nearly 10 times faster than previous products with higher throughput and past total data. Test results included 240 Mbps download speeds and 193 Mbps upload speeds achieved with more than 2 GB of data transferred during a single LEO pass. This capability is useful in polar regions where access to high performance communications is not available and mechanically steered antennas present problems at low temperatures.
The demonstration further validates Kymeta’s ability to provide a LEO upgrade path for its u8 terminals and seamlessly leverage hybrid connectivity across multiple satellite and LTE terrestrial constellations. Kymeta is the only flat-panel antenna (FPA) with electron beam steering and no moving parts built for mobility and designed for the needs of military, public safety and commercial customers.
Kymeta unlocks the potential of broadband satellite connectivity, combined with cellular networks, to meet the high demand for ever-changing communications and the globalization of mobile telephony. Lepton Global Solutions, a Kymeta company, is home to the company’s satellite connectivity solutions and brings to market unique, comprehensive, out-of-the-box joint solutions based on best-in-class, customized and consumer-centric technologies and services that meet and exceed the customer’s mission requirements. These solutions, in conjunction with the company’s first-of-its-kind flat-panel satellite antenna and Kymeta Connect ™ services provide revolutionary mobile connectivity in satellite and hybrid cellular-satellite networks to customers around the world. Backed by US and international patents and licenses, the Kymeta terminal responds to the need for lightweight, slim, and high-performance communication systems that do not require mechanical components to target a satellite. Kymeta makes it easy to connect to any vehicle, boat or fixed platform.
Kymeta is a privately held company based in Redmond, Washington.
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