MilsatMagazine | January 2016 Edition | Automating To Solve Interference | By Roger Franklin, CEO Crystal
Military operations rely heavily on satellite communications because personnel are often in remote and challenging environments where only satellite communications will work.
Interference is a problem for any satellite user—however, for the military, interference can cut off an extremely important communications lifeline. When MILSATCOM is used within challenging environments, keeping interference under control is quite difficult to ensure.
My personal involvement with the Satellite Interference Reduction Group (IRG), working with satellite operators and manufacturers, has resulted in a number of initiatives and developments that have been aimed at reducing satellite interference. These initiatives are starting to have an impact—however, there is still much work to be completed.
One of the most effective ways to reduce interference is with improved automation. One example of success revolves around Satellite News Gathering (SNG), which is now experiencing a decline in interference as many of these systems are now automated.
There are several reasons interference automation benefits military operations: