CAES Technology Selected for Low Earth Orbit Satellite Communications

Raytheon Intelligence & Space has chosen CAES to provide multi-band block frequency converters for a new phased array antenna for use in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite research By DA Staff / 19 May 2021
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CAES has been selected by Raytheon Intelligence & Space to develop and provide RF signal conversion technology for use in a U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory program. 

As leading provider of advanced mission critical electronic solutions, CAES has been chosen to provide technology for use in the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) or Global Lightning program, which seeks to connect military aircraft to emerging commercial satellite internet constellations in LEO. 

Commercial LEO satellites have the potential to allow communications at significantly faster speeds than is currently available on today’s military aircraft. As a result, the DEUCSI program seeks to leverage evolving space internet networks for Air Force communications and data sharing capabilities. 

CAES will provide multi-band block frequency converters for design into a new Raytheon phased array antenna, and will allow communications with satellite internet constellations and aircraft to seamlessly jump between different satellites. 

The frequency converters support uplink and downlink functionality that enable an efficient link of new space data services and a complete airborne, multi-band satellite terminal system. Their unique packaging techniques allow for high density circuit integration, high channel-to-channel isolation, excellent thermal management and small form-factor solutions.

“CAES is excited to be chosen as a key partner for Raytheon’s DEUCSI solution, in what could become a widely used, high capacity data communications capability for the United States military,” said Mike Kahn, President and CEO, CAES. “CAES has a long history of pioneering high performance, narrowband and wideband millimeter wave solutions for military and space applications. In addition, our longstanding design-for-manufacturing expertise allows CAES to automate certain assembly and test functions to meet the most challenging customer design requirements.”

The program culminates with a flight demonstration in 2022.

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