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Ball demonstrates communications system

Aug. 6, 2012 at 3:06 PM

BOULDER, Colo., Aug. 6 (UPI) -- An X-band mobile satellite communications system with phased array antenna was demonstrated by Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp. at a U.S. Army facility.

The Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system was developed for the Office of Naval Research to demonstrate high data-rate communications with military and commercial satellite systems.

Ball said the MMLCA is a "self-contained low-profile antenna system with no rotating parts for use by a variety of military combat vehicles and platforms" and enables the reduction of the number of antennas necessary for communications while providing better coverage.

"MMLCA is significantly more rugged than competing conventional designs making it more impervious to weather and battlefield operations," said Jim Oschmann, Ball Aerospace vice president and general manager for Tactical Solutions.

"Additionally, it incorporates the advantages found in advanced phased array antennas, including a lower profile design for hemispherical coverage, high-reliability, and lower total ownership cost."

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