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Ultra Launches New Portable Satcom Terminal

GigaSat ULV-950mp Compatible with Inmarsat Global Xpress Network

The UK-based intelligence and communications division of Ultra has been approved by Inmarsat to operate its new GigaSat ULV-950mp portable satcom terminal on the Global Xpress network.

The 950mp, the latest addition to Ultra’s GigaSat ULV range, is a low-weight, small-size, high-power device designed to be carried by dismounted soldiers to facilitate establishment of broadband communications in a deployed operation. It can be set up and operated by one person with no special equipment or dedicated tools required. Set-up takes five minutes. It operates in the Ka, Ku and X bands, “maximising modularity mission performance,” the company says.

Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network is, that company says, “the world’s first and only globally available seamless mobile wideband service.” It was launched in 2010, has been used by the US government since 2014, and first achieved full global coverage the following year. According to a catalogue published in September 2021, there are six terminals available that are compatible with the network, including previous ULV models from Ultra and rival products from Datapath, L3 Harris, Paradigm and Tampa Microwave.

The Ultra GigaSat ULV-950mp satellite terminal is the most compact and powerful multi-certified, multi-bearer, multi-frequency solution we’ve launched to date and certification for Inmarsat’s Global Xpress network is a strategically important milestone,” said Trevor Vizard, Deputy Global Sales Director of Ultra’s satcom solutions business. “The addition of the Inmarsat GX network provides flexibility and delivers the world’s most advanced mobile satellite communication services for our global customer base.

We are pleased to add the Ultra GigaSat ULV-950mp satellite terminal to our rich portfolio of highly reliable user terminals for Global Xpress,” said Matt Wissler, Chief Technical Officer in Inmarsat’s government business division. “With ULV-950mp, land expeditionary users now have access to Inmarsat’s always-on, secure wideband connectivity anywhere they need to operate.”

One of the models in the GigaSat range.  (Ultra)

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