Kratos to Build Ka-band Gateways for a High Throughput Satellite Network

Kratos Defense & Security Solutions has received a contract from SKY Perfect JSAT Corporation (SJC), to design and build gateways for a new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) network. The JCSAT–18 HTS satellite, launching in 2019, will deliver broadband and mobile communication services to Asia Pacific and Eastern Russia.

Kratos will design and build a state-of-art Ka-band multi-site gateway solution for the JCSAT-18 satellite. Kratos’ breadth of gateway solutions are assembled and tested in their integration facility to enable rapid on-site assembly and commissioning. This results in both, higher quality and faster time-to-market over traditional piecemeal ground station deployments and protects SJC’s investment by reducing complexity and risk.

HTS next generation satellites leverage spot beam waveforms to achieve approximately 20 times the throughput of previous generation satellites. Successful delivery of these types of high-bandwidth services requires important changes to the current ground infrastructure which is designed and optimized for traditional satellite operations. Kratos is leading this industry evolution by offering a broad portfolio of integrated. Its products provide satellite operators the most comprehensive and seamless gateway solution in the industry.

Kratos’ gateway solution includes a broad array of ground station services from monitoring and control and network management products through high-performance antennas.  This enables satellite operators to maximize their HTS business model investment by reducing risks and costs while improving time-to-market.

The SJC contract award is for a multi-site gateway solution that will include Kratos’ high-performance 13 meter Ka-band Turning Head Antennas and Compass monitoring and control system. The pre-integrated solution will be installed at various SJC locations with control equipment centralized in the company’s Network Operations Centre.