Military Embedded Systems

COTS ground-to-aircraft data communications leverage LTE


January 06, 2020

Emma Helfrich

Technology Editor

Military Embedded Systems

Photo courtesy of Perspecta.

CHANTILLY, Va. Perspecta Inc. announced that its applied research arm, Perspecta Labs, has demonstrated long-distance, high-bandwidth data streaming between a test aircraft and a fourth generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) ground network. The test was conducted at Edwards Air Force Base as part of the Department of Defense (DoD) Cellular Range Telemetry Network (CeRTN) program in collaboration with the DoD Test Resource Management Center.

Under the program, Perspecta Labs was tasked with developing a system that leverages commercial cellular technology for aeronautical mobile telemetry (AMT) applications at DoD Major Range and Test Facility Bases.

Perspecta Labs’ Velocite solution enables use of low-cost commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) LTE cellular technology to deliver high-bandwidth data communications at supersonic aircraft speeds.

According to the company, Velocite is vendor agnostic, operates without the need for per-flight frequency coordination, and provides bi-directional high-speed data connectivity to aircraft.



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