Hughes Network Systems, a US-based provider of broadband satellite network solutions and services, has announced a cooperative R&D agreement with the Defense Information Systems Agency to study network centric enterprise architecture validation of IP networking with the Regenerative Satellite Mesh standard and the Spaceway 3 system.
Under this cooperative R&D agreement, Hughes and Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA) will perform R&D that supports overall IP convergence as the basis for integrating Department of Defense SATCOM networking and information needs with the global information grid.
“We look forward to collaborating with DISA on this important satellite networking effort using our SPACEWAY 3 system assets,” said Dan Fraley, CTO and general manager of Defense and Intelligence Systems at Hughes.
According to DISA, SPACEWAY 3 has been designed and developed by Hughes as a next-generation, Ka-band broadband satellite system, a commercial satellite to employ on-board traffic switching and routing capability. Combined with advanced satellite technologies such as 10 Gbps overall capacity, fast packet switching, and spot-beam forming, SPACEWAY 3 ushers in a new world of bandwidth-on-demand satellite services. It was manufactured by Boeing and is based on Boeing’s 702 satellite platform.
Hughes Network Systems provides broadband satellite networks and services for large enterprises, governments, small businesses, and consumers. HughesNet encompasses all broadband services and managed services from Hughes, bridging satellite and terrestrial technologies.