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DSEI 2023: OneWeb launches soldier-portable terminal for frontline tactical SATCOM

11th September 2023 - 09:15 GMT | by The Shephard News Team in London


Users can access the terminal with WiFi from up to 100m away. (Image: OneWeb)

Global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite communications network company, OneWeb, is unveiling a new soldier-portable, lightweight user terminal (UT) which is designed to be carried in a backpack for operations close to the tactical edge.

The FoldSat LEo Ku OW Mil terminal is OneWeb’s first fully ruggedised user terminal and is designed to be self-aligning and easy to deploy and optimised for operation over the OneWeb Ku-Band LEO satellite constellation

Manufactured by Inster (Oesia Group), it weighs 11.8kg and has a low profile and foldable antenna design. The Wi-Fi access point can provide connectivity up to 100m.

FoldSat can operate via a multi-option external power sources including mains, battery, solar or vehicle battery, while still delivering high-speed, low latency performance connectivity.

OneWeb successfully launches another 34 satellites

It can achieve speeds of up to 195Mbps download and 32Mbps upload speeds and features external GNSS input for GPS-denied environments. The FoldSat LEO terminal is designed to fit into a backpack folded for increased portability.

From early next year the company will provide a global system with all 634 satellites in orbit and the final ground elements coming into service.

While the system will provide pole-to-pole coverage it has non-technical geopolitical gaps, specifically China and Russia and one or two other places.

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