Cobham SATCOM has developed what is claimed to be the smallest and lightest Inmarsat UAV satcom solution. Weighing only 1.45kg, the Aviator UAV 200 is designed as a compact and lightweight unit that delivers Inmarsat Class 4 SwiftBroadband services in a low-SWAP package which is 76 per cent lighter than existing comparable products on the market. Mounted within the airframe and measuring 24cm x 16cm x 6cm, the Cobham AVIATOR UAV 200 delivers up to 200 kbps data and full, real-time control of data channels.
The system aims to enhance the performance of tactical unmanned aerial vehicle, providing higher speed and improved connectivity in mountainous areas and over long distances. “Until now, the size, weight and power requirements of Inmarsat satcom hardware were too restrictive for smaller UAVs” Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit said, “AVIATOR UAV 200 matches the connectivity and performance of larger, class-leading satcom systems, but in a far smaller, lighter and less power-demanding package.”
With improved satcom technology, UAV operators can benefit from improved aircraft control and situational awareness, with the ability to make real-time route adjustments while simultaneously tracking the airframe. Operators also have a constant overview of on-board systems and structural integrity with real-time health monitoring. Better connectivity allows access to Beyond Line Of Sight (BLOS) situational data and live streaming of imagery and video which expands the role of real-time scene surveillance UAVs.
“The ability to extend their operational range significantly and provide access to real time situational data and video, it is a truly compelling package.” Andy Start, President, Inmarsat Global Government, added.