Hughes Network Systems, LLC (HUGHES) is the global leader in broadband satellite technology and services for home and office, but it also is known in the Defense and Government Sectors. Richard M. Lober, VP & GM-Hughes Defense & Intelligence Systems at Satellite 2019 in Washington D.C., has 30+ years of experience in military and civilian communications, from design engineering to senior management, and served as a senior vice president and general manager of the Communications and Electronics Business at Cubic Defense Applications, Inc. His previous experience also includes serving in the telecommunications division at the Watkins-Johnson Company, where he developed products and services for government and commercial wireless customers. Rick enjoyed designing high-quality signal intelligence receivers as a young engineer and then moved up to project engineering, program management and P&L management. Over time, he moved to programs involving high-speed data links and most recently satellite communications. Rick also had the opportunity to grow a commercial cellular business when defense spending dipped and the wireless tech boom was underway.
HUGHES - A PIONEER
“As a pioneer in the field of satellite communications systems dating back over 35 years and over 10 years of history providing aeronautical broadband solutions for commercial, government and private aircraft, Hughes brings extensive experience in the field of satellite-based aeronautical broadband solutions. Hughes’ first generation aeronautical broadband system is deployed on over 750 commercial aircraft operating around the world…”
“Hughes’ latest generation aeronautical solution is based on its award-winning JUPITER System. Designed to extract maximum capacity and efficiency from High-Throughput Satellites (HTS), such as Echostar® XIX, the JUPITER System is comprised of a highly advanced, high-performance and spectrally efficient aeronautical terminal, a robust and dense gateway architecture, designed for “lights-out” operation, and an advanced central network management system. As the cornerstone for HughesNet® broadband satellite Internet service (with over more than 1 million active users in North America), JUPITER is the system of choice by HTS operators across the globe.”
“Adaptable SATCOM solutions from Hughes are ideal for net-centric airborne communications around the world, delivering video, voice, and high-speed data services to and from airborne platforms anywhere—including fixed wing, rotary wing, and UAV’s. Whether you need en-route connectivity in a transport aircraft or real-time sharing of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) data, reliable communications systems are imperative in military and homeland defense communities today—making comms-on-the-move critical for operational success. Hughes solutions are D0-160-certified and enable sophisticated, real-time IP applications such as airborne ISR, including streaming live video links back to ground stations at multi-megabit data rates. Virtually any airborne platform can be supported, as Hughes works with vetted third-party antenna manufacturers to provide mission-tailored solutions that may require different qualified antenna sizes with a variety of mounting options.”
“Ideal for Beyond-Line-of-Sight (BLoS) connectivity requirements, our HM System enables unmanned aircraft to provide a constant and reliable feed of HD video and other critical real-time data, ensuring airborne situational awareness on missions across the globe. In 2017, Hughes announced it was awarded a contract by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA-ASI) to provide satellite communications on the “Type-Certifiable” Predator® B (TCPB) Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) system. Leveraging the innovative HM System technology, the Hughes solution will enable a significant increase in data transfer rates, employing an enhanced waveform that ensures resilient and secure communications when operating in challenging environments. Hughes also works with outfitting the smaller Class III UAV’s with low-SWaP terminals for resilient COTM capabilities. Our technology enables the highest operational efficiency to deliver customer-specific requirements around security, SWaP and throughput.”
ROTARY WING PLATFORMS
“With new advanced satellite communications technology, more militaries and law enforcement organizations are looking to leverage helicopters for ISR missions. Hughes is leading the way in this space with the innovative HeloSat solution, which utilizes an open architecture design for integrating low SWaP antennas with the award-winning HM200 software defined modem. 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."
FIXED WING PLATFORMS
“Today there is a sharp rise in demand for new high throughput satellite connectivity solutions on fixed wing aircraft. Whether transmitting ISR data out to ground stations or receiving data into the aircraft to connect wireless devices, Hughes offers a variety of solutions to meet the evolving needs for in-flight data communications. A rapidly growing requirement in airborne satcom - inflight connectivity for en-route communications. In the past, units being transported by flight had a gap in communications between the time they board the aircraft and the time they land. That gap is now shrinking thanks to rapid advancement in commercial innovation bringing high speed connectivity to airplanes.”
Hughes Network Systems is a leading American provider of broadband satellite network equipment and services to the very small aperture terminal (VSAT) business market. It is also a leading provider of satellite Internet access to consumers in North America serving more than one million subscribers with its HughesNet service. Hughes sells communications equipment for mobile satellite-based voice and data network operators and cellular mobile network operators, as well as other users of terrestrial microwave technology
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