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SatCom On-the-Move

by Reliasat
18th Jun 2024

In today’s interconnected world, the demand for continuous and reliable communication is paramount, irrespective of location. This is where satellite communications (SatCom) on-the-move steps in. Whether it’s a vehicle moving through remote parts of the world, a ship navigating through international waters, or a field operation in an isolated area, SatCom on-the-move provides critical connectivity that ensures operations run smoothly and without interruption.

In this introductory post of our series, “Stay Connected: Exploring SatCom On-the-Move,” we delve into the essentials of how SatCom on-the-move works and why it has become a crucial technology in our modern lives.

What is SatCom On-the-Move?

Satcom on-the-move refers to mobile satellite services that provide connectivity to moving vehicles. The vehicles can be on land, sea, or air and require uninterrupted communication for various purposes such as navigation, operations, safety, and entertainment. This technology ensures that no matter where you are, you remain connected, overcoming the limitations of terrestrial-based communication infrastructures which often lose signal in remote or challenging environments.

How does it work?

The basic technology behind SatCom on-the-move involves a mobile satellite antenna installed on the vehicle, capable of maintaining a lock on a moving satellite signal. This setup includes:

  • Antenna Systems: These are typically gyro-stabilised or electronically steered to automatically track satellites even when the vehicle is in motion.
  • Satellite Constellations: Depending on the service provider, the antennas may connect to Geostationary (GEO), Medium Earth Orbit (MEO), or Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites. Each type offers different balances of coverage, data rates, and latency.
  • Communication Link: Once the satellite link is established, data is transmitted and received through the antenna to the satellite, which then relays this data to a ground station, finally routing it to a broader internet or a private network.
Advantages of Satcom On-the-Move
  • Global Coverage: SatCom on-the-move provides communication capabilities across the globe, including oceans, deserts, and other remote areas where terrestrial networks do not exist
  • Reliability: It offers a consistent and dependable form of communication, essential for critical operations in sectors like defence, maritime, and emergency services.
  • Versatility: Suitable for a wide range of applications from real-time navigation assistance in logistics to live video streaming for media in remote areas.
Use Cases
  • Military Operations: Enables real-time data exchange, navigation, and surveillance while on the move.
  • Maritime Communications: Offers ships and vessels the ability to stay connected for navigation, safety, and crew welfare.
  • Remote Field Services: Provides connectivity for energy sector operations, geological surveys, and other field activities in isolated areas.

Understanding the fundamental operations of SatCom on-the-move opens up a world where limitations due to location become less significant. As we progress in this series, we will explore the technologies that make this possible, and the real-world applications transforming how we stay connected, no matter where we are.

Stay tuned for the next installment where we dive deeper into the technological innovations behind SatCom on-the-move. Whether you’re a tech enthusiast, a professional in the industry, or simply curious about next-generation communication technologies, our series promises to enrich your understanding and spark your interest in the ever-evolving world of satellite communications.

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