The Rebirth of MSAT G2

The MSAT Push-To-Talk (PTT) Satellite Radio has become the most important Public Safety and First Responder satellite communication system and network in the country. This is a wonderful example of where our government has succeeded to serve the public interest over US corporate deal making.

With the public announcement that Ligado’s PTT Networks will not support interoperability with the newer MSAT G3 Network from Cobham and Viasat, not to mention other striking deficiencies, this basically puts the last nail in the coffin to the competing Viasat network.

The importance of the MSAT G2 cannot be overstated. Since its original launch in 1995/96 by AMSC (American Mobile Satellite Corporation), this communication network has grown to be the most important and robust Public Safety satellite network in the United States, providing seamless Radio Dispatch capability to every City, County, State, and Federal Agency that demands “one to many” broadcast communication.  The network does not depend on terrestrial infrastructure, which can be affected by catastrophic weather and earthquakes. It has been through this long and slow uptake to this technology that has created the most resilient, powerful, and reliable means to have interoperability between the many different public safety agencies throughout the country on one commercially available network.  No one can be left out or denied access to this network if their budgets can support the hardware and airtime network operating costs which are some of the lowest in the industry.

With these current turns of events, Ligado is rethinking its commitment to the importance of its US based emergency communications network and commitment to its growth and success for the years to come. Perhaps we might even see a new hardware design for the radio and antenna system in the future.

MANTA Satellite Terminal

Remote Satellite Systems is excited to announce the MANTA Satellite Terminal from Paradigm. We are dedicated to providing the best solutions for our client’s complex requirements. The MANTA Satellite Terminal from Paradigm with the ground-breaking flat-panel satellite antenna from KYMETA offers the chance to establish mobile communication services easily, quickly, and conveniently.

With the PARADIGM MANTA with integrated KYMETA MTENNA bundled with Intelsat’s KALO Space Segment Remote Satellite Systems is offering a Turnkey on-the-move, mobile communication solution.

The MANTA Terminal with the KYMETA Mtenna comes in single case, making it easy to carry and load into vehicles for complete portability. It is lightweight and can be used on the ground or mounted to a vehicle for satellite communications on-the-move. It’s streamlined design makes it conveniently fit on roof racks if needed. Naturally, it is robustly manufactured and built to withstand even the harshest of environments. Emergency responders, NGOs, and military teams can use the MANTA Terminal to connect with vital resources and colleagues.

Innovative Technology Makes the Difference

What makes the MANTA Terminal different than other portable and drive-away satellite antennas? It is a self-pointing flat-panel antenna (Mtenna) that has no moving parts. This makes it simple and straightforward for users to set-up. No pointing or complex set-up means that it is operational in mere minutes! All you need to do for static and mobile satellite communications is add power.

The MANTA Terminal provides Ku-Band, high throughput complete solution for groups that need access to fixed and mobile satellite communications on-the-move. This Paradigm MANTA Terminal is versatile for multiple applications. It combines cutting edge flat panel self-pointing technology with the PIM®(Paradigm Interface Module), totally integrates RF as well as all of the major modem types, and transmits quickly and accurately. The innovative software behind the MANTA forms beams to track the satellite with no moving parts. There’s even a handheld remote that provides satellite selection, a transmit mute option, system status information, and additional live beam heading indication. The PARADIGM KYMETA MANTA partnership has everything you need for fixed or mobile satellite communications, all in a single, sleek case.

Lose the set-up time. Rapid communication when you need it.


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Iridium’s Historic Satellite Launch

Iridium makes history again, this second time after 21 years from their original 1998 LEO satellite launch.

On January 11, 2019 Iridium completed its historic satellite constellation launch. A SpaceX Flacon 9 rocket delivered the final 10 Iridium NEXT satellites to low earth orbit. This brings the total Iridium LEO satellites to 75, all launched within the last two years, with 66 operational satellites and 9 spares. The Space X launch and space vehicles deployment were flawless and now Iridium is taking control of the satellite to prepare them to enter service within the next 3 to 4 weeks.

These 75 satellites were part of an ambitious plan to update the aging Iridium satellite system, which was only supposed to last 8 years, but operated for almost 20 years. These 10 new satellites will be in service within the next few months. This new Iridium service called Certus 350, will be utilizing 66 of these satellites for service, with speeds up to 352 Kbps. Certus provides truly mobile internet access for users across the globe.

It is our prediction that this new satellite network will set the stage for a new era of global pole-to-pole communications. With an emphasis on large Fleet Transportation Markets for Trucking, Trains, Commercial Shipping industries, and Marine Communications, with more expensive, faster and powerful terminals. Capabilities will include IOT applications, Voice Telephony and Cloud based Internet connectivity.

This is exciting times for Iridium and satellite technology users. If you are interested in satellite communications that can give you access to the data wherever you are on the globe (barring any overhead obstructions), contact Remote Satellite Systems! We would love to discuss the implications of this new satellite constellation and how the Iridium Certus satellite network will suit your needs.

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