Hughes demonstrates 360 degree rotary aircraft video transmissions

Germantown, Maryland-based Hughes Network Systems, LLC Defense and Intelligence Systems Division (DISD) has demonstrated a 360-degree Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) SATCOM capability, transmitting HD video through rotating blades on a NorthStar Aviation 407 Multi-Role Attack Helicopter, the company said.

This new advancement in SATCOM technology integrates the Hughes HM200 airborne modem and two lightweight antennas mounted on top of the helicopter´s weapons platforms via an easy Roll-on/Roll-off installation.

As a new lightweight capability, 50% lighter than previous systems, it can be adapted to any helicopter platform given its low size, weight and power (SWaP) properties, giving pilots more flexibility and uninterrupted transmission of full motion HD video over a full 360-degree range.

Users have the flexibility to integrate the 360-degree solution on an ever-growing variety of rotary wing platforms for missions that range from ISR gathering, to search and rescue, disaster relief, and other applications requiring live video feeds for situational awareness.

Hughes Network Systems, LLC provides satellite broadband for home and office, and delivers innovative solutions and a comprehensive suite of managed services for enterprises and governments worldwide. The company operates sales and support offices worldwide, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EchoStar Corporation (NASDAQ: SATS), a global provider of satellite operations and digital TV solutions.