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Boeing applies anti-jamming technology to existing satellites

Jan. 14, 2014 at 12:06 PM

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Boeing reports it has applied new anti-jamming technology to existing satellites for the first time, allowing for transmission of secure communications.

In a test conducted last month, it sent a government-developed, protected signal through the sixth Wideband Global SATCOM satellite. In July, secure data was transmitted over the ViaSat-1 commercial satellite.

The tests demonstrated an affordable option for enhancing anti-jam communications using existing satellites and terminals, Boeing said.

"This technology boosts the ability of warfighters to send protected information without enemy data interference by using currently available satellites that do not have anti-jamming technology of their own," said Craig Cooning, vice president and general manager of Boeing Space & Intelligence Systems. "The two demonstrations show the technology is flexible and able to be quickly deployed at a much lower cost than building a new satellite."

Boeing said in both tests the signal was sent via a modified commercial modem modified by ViaSat. Additional testing will be conducted this year using other terminals and systems.

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