New SATCOM ca­pa­bil­i­ties from com­mu­ni­ca­tions in­no­va­tor Rock­well Collins: More flex­i­ble, more pow­er­ful, and more por­ta­ble


As SATCOM tech­nol­ogy con­tin­ues to evolve rapidly, the Rock­well Collins fam­ily of mo­bile Com­mu­niCase® SATCOM ter­mi­nals min­imises the risk of tech­no­log­i­cal ob­so­les­cence with a flex­i­ble mod­u­lar de­sign. CCT SATCOM ter­mi­nals from Rock­well Collins use a mod­u­lar ar­chi­tec­ture that al­lows the modems and trans­ceivers to be swapped out with dif­fer­ent prod­ucts in the CCT fam­ily, from suit­case ter­mi­nals to fly­away ter­mi­nals.

When tech­nolo­gies change, the ar­chi­tec­ture per­mits the re­place­ment of ex­ist­ing modems and trans­ceivers with the lat­est tech­nol­ogy, or with cus­tom-de­signed mod­ules in the same form fac­tors. Swap­pable mod­ules in­clude the an­tenna sys­tem, trans­ceiver, con­troller, net­work pro­ces­sor, power sup­ply and soft­ware.

The more flex­i­ble de­signs of CCT SATCOM ter­mi­nals pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity to ‘fu­ture-proof’ th­ese ter­mi­nals. They ad­dress a ma­jor con­cern in pro­cure­ment of SATCOM ter­mi­nals or any hard­ware that it will be­come ob­so­lete within two or three years due to tech­no­log­i­cal change. With a CCT ter­mi­nal from Rock­well Collins, only a new mo­dem, trans­ceiver or other swap­pable mod­ule needs to be pur­chased.

Rock­well Collins’ tech­no­log­i­cal pur­suits ex­tend be­yond SATCOM, how­ever SATCOM is a strong area of in­ter­est for the com­pany. In In­dia, tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pa­bil­i­ties are ad­vanced and gov­ern­ment in­ter­est in ex­pand­ing SATCOM for de­fence is grow­ing. Rock­well Collins’ widely-used SATCOM tech­nolo­gies are among the most proven and ad­vanced in the in­dus­try.

The CCT fam­ily of ter­mi­nals fea­tures auto ac­qui­si­tion and the ca­pa­bil­ity to utilise X-, Ku- or Ka-band based on cus­tomer re­quire­ments. They fea­ture a mod­u­lar de­sign con­cept that al­lows cus­tomers to se­lect and com­bine com­po­nents in or­der to cus­tomise key char­ac­ter­is­tics of their SATCOM sys­tems for mis­sion, porta­bil­ity, speed and bud­get re­quire­ments.

In­ter­change­able CCT mod­ules help to max­imise the value of a cus­tomer’s tech­nol­ogy in­vest­ment, re­duce the lo­gis­tics load and lend flex­i­bil­ity to adapt to fu­ture needs.

CCT prod­ucts in­clude the SWE-DISH® CCT120 Suit­case®, with an ef­fi­cient 1.2-me­tre by 0.84-me­tre Gre­go­rian off­set an­tenna. The an­tenna and feed sys­tem achieve low loss and up to 20 Mbps data speeds. The CCT120 is also avail­able in a drive-away model.

Set-up speed can be crit­i­cal in de­fence ap­pli­ca­tions. With a time to air of 5 to 10 min­utes, the CCT120 is the quick­est-to-air ter­mi­nal in the world and is also among the fastest to tear down. Chang­ing modems can be ac­com­plished in only three min­utes.

The small­est, most por­ta­ble Rock­well Collins ter­mi­nal is the miSAT™. The miSAT man-por­ta­ble SATCOM ter­mi­nal pro­vides se­cure and non-se­cure data, voice and video in a brief­case-size pack­age that can be stowed in the over­head com­part­ment of an air­plane. Since it weighs un­der 18 kilo­grams, the miSAT can be de­ployed on the ground, on win­dow sills, on bal­conies, on ve­hi­cle roofs and on rooftops.

Set­ting up the miSAT ter­mi­nal takes less than five min­utes for a per­son with no SATCOM ex­pe­ri­ence, by sim­ply open­ing the case, con­nect­ing the re­flec­tor pieces and point­ing the an­tenna us­ing sim­ple in­struc­tions pro­vided on an in­te­grated dis­play. It pro­vides T1 speed, as well as ev­ery­thing over IP con­nec­tiv­ity.

Rock­well Collins sees many op­por­tu­ni­ties to serve cus­tomers be­yond their equip­ment needs. The com­pany’s global field sup­port ser­vices in­clude train­ing, tech­ni­cians, depot-level spares, lo­gis­tics sup­port and a net­work op­er­a­tions cen­tre. The cen­tre pro­vides 24/7 ac­cess to ex­pert tech­ni­cians, trou­ble tick­et­ing and war­ranty sup­port.

To help cus­tomers man­age SATCOM net­works, Rock­well Collins of­fers the SATCOM MaxView® Man­age­ment and Con­trol Soft­ware. MaxView is a cross-plat­form soft­ware suite for net­work man­age­ment, con­trol and au­to­ma­tion. In­tu­itive and easy to use, it is used at over 4,000 sites in 40 coun­tries af­ter more than 13 years in the mar­ket.

Rock­well Collins in In­dia em­ploys more than 500 peo­ple at its state-of-the-art In­dia De­sign Cen­tre in Hy­der­abad, which is ded­i­cated to hard­ware and soft­ware de­vel­op­ment. A grow­ing In­dia pres­ence also in­cludes staff in the com­pany’s New Delhi of­fice, which opened in 2011 to pro­vide busi­ness de­vel­op­ment, pro­gramme man­age­ment, sys­tems engineering and other sup­port.

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