|Inmarsat headquarters. Photo: Clive Darra via flickr
[Avionics Today 03-05-2015] Inmarsat Government announced that its new L-band Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (LAISR) service has completed successful customer airborne testing and will be available for U.S. government customers by June. This new LAISR service will meet the high-speed, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) connectivity requirements of Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (AISR) missions across the globe. Additionally, it will provide L-band data transmission rates up to 10 Mbps.
LAISR allows transmission of high definition full-motion video and data from a variety of manned and unmanned aircraft, providing full situational awareness for the military and intelligence community. Operating in L band ensures the highest availability of service allowing aircraft to fly over urban, mountain and jungle environments at low altitudes, in cloud cover and in dense rain. The satcom link offers an alternative communication path to mitigate electronic attack and eliminates the need for a communications relay payload or retransmission vehicles, freeing-up additional assets for AISR missions.
Potential government customer applications for LAISR include: electro-optical and infrared; real-time high-definition video streaming; laser range finder and designator transmission; support of signals intelligence applications and synthetic aperture radar applications; unmanned aerial systems; and backup command and control.