Every Millisecond Matters- High Bandwidth Connectivity for Aerospace & Defense

By Thomas Ornevik 4 min read

What is the key requirement for reliable communications in the aerospace and defense (A&D) industry? In two words – high bandwidth.

It’s the availability of that high bandwidth that has enabled the exponential increase in the use of video and data to enhance real-time situational awareness and decision making.

The aerospace and defense industries are not alone in recognizing the potential benefits high bandwidth connectivity can deliver. Many Fortune 500 companies are already seeing a positive impact on their bottom line. Real-time diagnostics can help to enhance revenues, remote video monitoring can reduce operating costs, and predictive maintenance can improve safety for personnel and infrastructure.

In the high-pressure high-stakes world of A&D, it is now commonplace for split-second decisions to be based on live video feeds transmitted from helmet cams to situation rooms, or cockpits to control towers. Decision-makers rely on secure private networks to communicate and coordinate with personnel in the field, as well as remotely monitor and operate equipment and vehicles. Any latency lag or data drop can result in costly or even catastrophic outcomes.

Use Case 1- Nomadic Military Deployment

Deploy, carry out the operation, and move on. From active combat theatres to military testing and training operations, field teams are often required to deploy and then redeploy with little or no prep-time or advanced warning.

Minimizing the time it takes to get a field team’s network operational is critical to mission success. Setup and alignment can be challenging in the best of circumstances. Doing it in remote locations while dealing with harsh weather conditions, or while under enemy fire elevates the complexity and urgency to a whole other level.

Ceragon’s auto-aligner solution can connect multiple team sites, eliminating the need for time-consuming manual alignment and shortening the process to mere minutes. An additional benefit of Ceragon’s auto-alignment technology is that it is radio-agnostic and can be applied to any wireless solution. However, when highly secured networks are required, we recommend using one of Ceragon’s secure radio products.

Use Case 2- Commercial Space Tourism

The ability to reuse rocket components is key to making commercial spaceflight financially feasible. Reuse requires safely landing the rockets back on earth which can present a significant risk for any crew working on landing platforms. That’s why unmanned, remotely operated maritime landing platforms have become the industry’s most common solution for rocket recovery.

High bandwidth low-latency connectivity enables the floating landing platform to be remotely operated and monitored from a separate vessel located at a safe distance nearby. The crew aboard the control vessel can monitor the rocket’s descent in real-time and make precise adjustments to the landing platform’s position as required.

The motion of the ocean makes establishing and maintaining a secure network link between multiple vessels challenging. Ceragon’s PointLink stabilized connectivity system expertly corrects for the pitch, yaw, and roll of waves delivering the mission-critical connectivity and stability required.

The PointLink Family

With a full range of sizes, the PointLink family contains stabilized connectivity solutions for a variety of diverse applications.

PointLink Access, the smallest member of the family, is a radio-agnostic platform that can be deployed with any wireless technology including Ceragon’s product portfolio.

PointLink Short-Haul and PointLink Long-Haul are both capable of bandwidths of 1 Gbps+ and are typically deployed with Ceragon’s own leading multicore microwave radio technology and proprietary chipset.

Full vertical integration allows PointLink to deliver unmatched stabilization and radio capabilities resulting in the most reliable high bandwidth low-latency wireless transport for the A&D arena.

For more information about Ceragon’s PointLink platform


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