Resilient Satcom

Mission assurance by design

The requirements of government and specifically military users for secure and reliable connectivity have never been greater. While terrestrial fibre satisfies many of these needs, there are times when fibre is not sufficient or unavailable. This has led to satellite-based telecommunications becoming an increasingly important part of resilient government, defence and security operations.

SES is already providing secure, satellite-based networking, which we are constantly expanding with additional capabilities – our new O3b mPOWER system takes our services to exceptional levels of resilience and security. In addition, it is designed to implement future-proof connectivity to Cloud computing and 5G systems.

We are addressing our government and military users’ requirements for secure, space-based telecommunications by implementing techniques such as disaggregation, distribution and proliferation in order to make our system as resilient as possible.

New and more frequent threats to SATCOM, a growing demand for bandwidth, and calls for Cloud connectivity anywhere in the world mean that the challenges facing today’s SATCOM systems are considerable. However, they are not insurmountable. Engineered to meet these requirements, the next-generation O3b mPOWER system delivers fibre-in-the-sky capabilities with unparalleled flexibility, bringing you the connectivity you need, exactly where you need it.

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Resilience – Key requirements for SATCOM

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Resilience is one of the most important requirements for a SATCOM system. Its users have to contend with multiple emerging threats, including counter-space weapons, high-power jamming systems and cyberattacks. For government SATCOM systems, resilience is a highly desirable attribute, as SATCOM is a key enabler for mission success.

What does this mean for the system planner, and how does one ensure a SATCOM system is assuredly resilient?

Resilience is the ability of a system to support the functions necessary for mission success with higher probability, shorter periods of reduced capability, and across a wide range of scenarios, conditions and threats – in spite of hostile actions or adverse conditions. Together with Reconstitution and Defensive Operations, Resilience is one of the essential elements through which Space Domain Mission Assurance can be delivered.

How proliferation enhances SDMA

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Proliferation means using larger numbers of the same platforms, payloads or other system components to perform the same mission. Examples of activities which increase the proliferation capability of satellite systems include deploying larger numbers of satellites, gateways or data processing facilities.

For the O3b mPOWER system design, we selected the following proliferation options:

  • Seven satellites in the initial constellation with only six required for coverage
  • O3b mPOWER satellites utilise the same Ka-band and antenna components as the 20 ‘first generation’ O3b MEO satellites
  • Nine anchor gateways distributed around the world
  • Dedicated government gateways under sovereign control
  • Two Satellite Operations Centres (SOCs) (USA and Luxembourg)
  • Diverse multi-orbit MEO, GEO and terrestrial network architecture implemented as a highly flexible Software-Defined Wide Area Network (SD-WAN)

The result is that the loss of a satellite or gateway only marginally degrades the overall system capability. As demand increases, we plan to launch additional spacecraft and add more gateways, which will further enhance proliferation.

Space domain mission assurance for military SATCOM

In today’s uncertain world, SATCOM systems face multiple threats, from physical strikes on space and ground infrastructure to interference, jamming  and cyberattacks. The result? Resilience is a major consideration in SATCOM procurement decisions, not least for government users.

With this in mind, O3b mPOWER is designed to deliver highly resistant ‘virtual fibre’ connectivity. Watch the video to learn how your operations can benefit from:

  • Robust solutions with eight dimensions of resilience
  • Low latency, unparalleled throughput and high availability
  • Seamless integration with your operational environment
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Why choose O3b mPOWER? 

Take control – O3b mPOWER gives you the freedom to build and optimise your network, enabling you to steer data to ground targets and adapt to changing requirements in near real time.

Harness superior performance – with low latency and high throughput, the O3b mPOWER system delivers cloud capabilities to the very edge of your network, boosting operational agility and unlocking the potential for an array of new tools, applications and services. 

Benefit from resilient systems – from anti-jam capabilities to supporting dedicated sovereign gateways, the O3b mPOWER system is engineered to meet government needs for secure, futureproof communications infrastructure.

Executive Guide

Enhancing UAS SATCOM capabilities

EXECUTIVE GUIDE

Transforming government connectivity

Robust connectivity, secure, end-to-end managed network solutions

Through the world’s only multi-orbit, multi-band fleet of satellites, SES can deliver the services you need to rapidly deploy resilient communications infrastructure, wherever your operations are located. Download the brochure and learn how you can:

  • Improve coordination, collaboration, and response
  • Enable critical communications for civilian and military applications
  • Build on scalable and secure connectivity to support seamless security and defence operations at sea, on land, or in the air

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