MELBOURNE, Fla., Feb. 8 (UPI) -- A handheld device to acquire and sustain satellite communications links in challenging environments has been introduced by two U.S. companies.
The Harris Corp. and Coolfire Solutions LLC said the Reconn mobile SATCOM tool operates with a smartphone connected to the system's hardware.
"Reconn brings SATCOM to your smartphone," said Sheldon Fox, group president, Harris Government Communications Systems. "By combining all the necessary tools into one kit and streamlining operations into simple workflows on a touch screen, this device makes SATCOM operations much more user-friendly and enables information to be readily shared with engineering and support personnel."
Reconn weighs less than 8 pounds. A spectrum analyzer, power meter, LNB tester, and multi-meter are part of the all-in-one system.
"It includes almost every tool and capability needed by a SATCOM operator," said Coolfire Solutions President Tom Cox. "Users will be able to set up, activate, monitor and troubleshoot a satellite communications link anywhere in the world without having to take months of engineering classes.
"Ultimately, our goal is to make it easy for anyone familiar with a smartphone to set up a satellite link and to be able to carry this capability in their laptop bag."