TeleCommunication Systems, Inc., a world leader in highly reliable and secure mobile communication technology, announced that it has entered into a reseller agreement with Tampa Microwave to deliver manportable satellite communication terminals. TCS plans to integrate this key technology into its leading SNAP VSAT product family for the United States Department of Defense, and other federal and state customers, enhancing TCS' tactical communication solutions portfolio.
Through this reseller agreement, TCS customers have access to Tampa Microwave's TM-X850MP X-Band Manpack Satellite Terminal which is the smallest, lightest microsat terminal available today. Designed for ease of use, rapid deployment and maximum portability on the battlefield, the terminals weigh 18 pounds in a mast mount configuration and 27.5 pounds with all data/power cables, AC/DC power supplies and tri-pod. This technology is suited for mobility in mountainous regions and applicable for today's area of responsibility.The terminals reach unsurpassed data rates, power output and battery life by eliminating multiple aluminum enclosures, interconnecting cables and connectors found in competing terminals packaged in commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) transit cases. In addition, these terminals are currently in the process of receiving Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) certification and meet MIL-STD810F temperature requirements including operation at + 60 degrees Celsius.
Unlike traditional terminals, the X-Band Manpack boasts several new enhancements including the elimination of mechanical cooling fans. The totally passive thermal management scheme enhances reliability and assists in achieving the terminal's industry leading compact design. Given its small size, Tampa Microwave's design can truly be packed in a soldier's rucksack. In order to facilitate changes in operations or technology, the TM-X850MP X-band manpack also features separate modem and receiver/transmitter (R/T) modules that snap together using blind mate connectors. The terminal's modular design permits field changes to substitute alternative modems or Ku / Ka-band R / T's. Each X-band R/T module contains an integrated 0.4dB Noise Figure block downconverter (LNB), block upconverter (BUC), 16W (P1dB=43 dBm) Solid State Power Amplifier (SSPA), transmit band reject and transmit bandpass filters in a single chassis no larger than a laptop.