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Friday, January 27, 2023

Boeing Demonstrates New Capabilities of US Space Force’s Satellite Communications Program

Boeing has demonstrated new autonomous technology that can successfully block attempts to jam US Department of Defense satellite communications (SATCOM). The test was performed on a US Space Force Protected Tactical SATCOM Prototype (PTS-P) and demonstrated how this technology can provide secure communications in a competitive environment.

“Maintaining communication with our deployed forces during hostilities gives us a tactical advantage on the battlefieldsaid Justin Bruner, director of the PTS-P program at the US Space Force.

“Our adversaries are always trying to deny our ability to communicate. airborne, autonomous, real-time jamming cancellation greatly increases our resiliency, ensuring that the United States and our allies Provide secure and reliable communication to our warriors in a competitive environment. Boeing has made significant progress in developing and piloting a flight-like firmware override algorithm, demonstrating agile anti-jam capability. PTS-P and our all-protected Anti-Jam Tactical Satcom (PATS) program are critical to this effort.”

PTS-P will provide space-based processing of the US military’s jam-resistant waveform, the Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW). Boeing’s solution uses software-defined beamforming to actively geolocate and suppress interference in real time, with thousands of data points collected every second.

The hardware and software integration demo featured a series of simulations in which an adversary attempted to intercept a user’s communications., including situations involving multiple simultaneous intervention attempts. In each simulation, the Boeing-built prototype automatically minimized highly dynamic jamming attempts and preserved connectivity, including situations where the user was close to the jamming source.

The US Space Force calls the PTS-P a “pioneer program”. To indicate rapid prototyping approach and rapid delivery schedule under OTA contracting mechanism of Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC). Additional PTS-P hardware and software demonstrations are planned in the coming months, with host vehicle integration scheduled to begin early next year.

“The Space Force understands that these rapid prototyping programs are essential to maintaining technological and space superiority,” said Troy Dawson, vice president of Government Satellite Solutions at Boeing Defense, Space and Security.

“We are innovating to meet evolving threat needs. It requires us to try things we’ve never tried before, move fast, fail fast, and ultimately implement first-of-its-kind technology designed for the rigors of the battlefield. Our efforts at PTS-P are setting the pace and showing a path that I hope many more homeland security programs will follow.

Boeing’s PTS-P solution is scalable and can be hosted on commercial or government space vehicles. The team has completed various hardware and software demos working for the following release in 2024 and later performance in class.

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