In an industry first, Gilat Satellite Networks has successfully tested its Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA) over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network in a live demonstration on an operational GX satellite.
Gilat’s open-architecture proven ESA has been integrated with Inmarsat’s G-MODMAN solution.
Gilat’s self-pointing antenna logged-on automatically to the GX network, supporting bi-directional real-time communication in both fixed and dynamic antenna positioning modes. Beam steering under the changing elevation and skew angles was done while managing the power spectral density (PSD) threshold, in order to minimise interference with neighbouring satellites, in accordance with regulations.
Jerome Soumagne, Chief Engineer, VP Networks at Inmarsat commented: “The seamless integration of our G-MODMAN with Gilat’s antenna control system, via standard open interfaces, is a key enabler to demonstrate the ability to support Electronic Steered Array Technology in Inmarsat’s global satellite network.”