Ka-band SATCOM Augmentation Terminals (KaSAT)
On 19 August 2002 the Titan Corporation announced that it had won a competitive contract from the U.S. Army for the development and integration of the Ka-band SATCOM Augmentation Terminals (KaSAT), slated to be the Army's first generation of Ka-band terminals for satellite communications. Awarded by the Communications and Electronics Command (CECOM) headquartered at Ft. Monmouth, New Jersey, the contract calls for the development of new KaSAT terminals to augment existing satellite communications that do not have Ka-band capability, as well as vehicle-mounted terminals for stand-alone operations in the military Ka-band range (30-31 GHz uplink; 20-21 GHz downlink).
US forces are not yet able to use the allocated military Ka-band SATCOM frequencies. That situation will change, however, as Ka-capable, Wideband Gapfiller Satellites (WGS) start to come on orbit in 2005. The KaSAT ground terminals developed under this contract will be the first to communicate over WGS satellites, and will usher in a new era of satellite communications using the military Ka-band. Once the full constellation of US and international Ka-band satellites is on orbit, demand for service and products will increase rapidly, producing a potential worldwide market share for Titan Corporation in the $300 to $500 million range.
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