Perspecta Labs has successfully utilized its long-distance, high-bandwidth data streaming between a test aircraft and a fourth generation (4G) long-term evolution (LTE) as part of the Department of Defense’s (DoD) Cellular Range Telemetry Network (CeRTN) Program on Thursday.
Velocite, Perspecta’s newly developed system solution, will utilize low-cost commercial off-the-shelf LTE cellular technology to deliver high-bandwidth data communications at supersonic aircraft speeds of 1,000 kph and above.
Velocite is vendor agnostic, operates without the need for per-flight frequency coordination and provides bi-directional high-speed data connectivity to aircraft.
In addition, the system will provide crucial data communications for performance evaluation and will ensure safety during the testing of manned and unmanned aircraft.
"Perspecta Labs' Velocite solution offers considerable savings in cost, time and resources for critical applications in flight testing, training and operations," said Petros Mouchtaris, Ph.D., president of Perspecta Labs.
Perspecta Labs will continue to develop Velocite to support cases for aeronautical mobile telemetry (AMT) in performance evaluation, testing, training and operations for manned and unmanned aircrafts. Research will continue at Edwards Air Force Base in Kern County, CA, where it’s been ongoing at DoD Major Range and Test Facility Bases since Oct. 2016.
"We are excited to mature this technology from laboratory testing through successful field demonstrations and to deliver these substantial benefits to our customers," Mouchtaris concluded.
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