Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Video: Hughes demonstrates live video transmission over satellite from Black Hawk helicopter

Hughes Network Systems, LLC, the global leader in broadband satellite networks and services, announced Tuesday the successful in-flight demonstration of Hughes HeloSat satellite communications from a Black Hawk helicopter. The HeloSat solution transmitted consistent, real-time, full-motion video to a live global audience from the Black Hawk as it surveilled the Tennessee landscape on May 21.

"Customers from as far away as Spain, India and the United Arab Emirates watched the Hughes HeloSat demonstration in Tennessee via livestream,“ said Wayne Marhefka, senior director, Hughes Defense. "This flight validates the Hughes HeloSat capability to support missions such as intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, search and rescue, emergency response and airborne command aboard rotary aircraft like the Black Hawk."

HeloSat maintained the live-stream video feed throughout the 30-minute flight. HeloSat has been tested on more than a dozen different types of rotary-wing aircraft.

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