Hughes and OneWeb to demonstrate LEO Arctic service

May 06, 2021 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Hughes and OneWeb to demonstrate LEO Arctic service
Hughes to provide systems integration expertise and demonstration of managed LEO SATCOM services for tactical communications.

Hughes Network Systems and OneWeb have been selected by the U.S. Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) to demonstrate managed LEO satellite communications (SATCOM) services to connect the Arctic region to sites around the globe. Under the agreement, Hughes will test and implement these end-to-end services on the OneWeb system between selected U.S. Northern Command (NORTHCOM) locations, a first step in harnessing the power of LEO satellites for high-speed, low-latency broadband access in the Arctic.

"This opportunity reinforces the relationship between Hughes and the U.S. Air Force to ensure resilient, flexible SATCOM networks for tactical, multi-domain operations," said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of the Defense and Intelligence Systems Division at Hughes.

"The OneWeb constellation has been designed to enable low-latency broadband access across the globe, allowing connectivity in previously unreached areas—a capability that is ideal for tactical, multi-domain operations in the Polar region and beyond," said Dylan Browne, Head of Government Services with OneWeb. "Working together with Hughes, we will bridge the gap in connectivity for NORTHCOM with an interoperable and secure solution.”

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The OneWeb gateway in Svalbard, Norway, capable of 10,000 hand-offs per second, is one of the gateways developed by Hughes that will orchestrate data handover and tracking for NORTHCOM. Image courtesy of OneWeb/Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT).

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