Agilis HALE UAV Communication Solution Powers Next-Generation Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

Fully integrated system provides complete communication infrastructure for high altitude long-endurance deployments

SINGAPORE, May 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd, a leading manufacturer and supplier of VSAT products and solutions, today announced the release of the Agilis HALE UAV Communication Solution. The new solution is a fully integrated, highly efficient, low latency ground infrastructure for High Altitude Long-Endurance (HALE) Unmanned Aerial Vehicles that can deliver satellite connectivity around the globe.


Today, leading aerospace companies are developing highly sophisticated unmanned aerial vehicles. These vehicles are being built to provide a communication infrastructure that spans large geographical areas. HALEs are solar-powered vehicles built to fly 20 km above an area requiring connectivity with land coverage over 20 square kilometres and latency of less than 1 msec. Such capabilities require the latest in sensor networking and satellite communications technologies.

The Agilis HALE UAV Communications Solution is uniquely designed to accommodate all requirements, built using the latest in scalable satellite technology. This fully integrated solution contains components that can also be differentiated based on requirements of the individual HALE vehicle and comprises:

A low-weight, low-power UAV Payload that is built to support high-altitude environment conditions, along with overall data rate capacity and the future capability of incorporating on-board-processing to enable the hub capabilities to be part of the payload
A handheld terminal that boasts a very small form factor with low power consumption and weight, with the ability to support greater than 1 Mbps for ground-air communication
A highly-efficient, compact satellite modem and mechanical steering antenna
"HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles can be used to provide Internet services to locations currently not covered by conventional satellites and they will be able to provide high data rate communications in a cost effective manner. And now, HALE Unmanned Aerial Vehicles also represent the next-generation in network communications," said Mr. Rajanik Mark Jayasuriya, Vice President for the Satellite Networks Business Group (SNG), ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd. "With the Agilis brand, we bring to the table broad market expertise in both satellite communications and the ability to customise networks for unique applications. We are providing the most cost-effective, low latency communication infrastructure for these exciting HALE vehicles being introduced to the market."

The Agilis HALE UAV Communication Solution will be exhibited at the ST Electronics Booth 1N3-01 during CommunicAsia2016 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore from 31 May to 3 June 2016.

ST Electronics (Satcom & Sensor Systems) Pte Ltd is a wholly owned subsidiary of Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited (ST Electronics). With over 20 years of experience, the company is a leading supplier of innovative broadband wireless communication solutions to customers and industries in more than 100 countries worldwide. Together with its related company VT iDirect in US, the company provides and supplies Very Small Aperture Terminals (VSATs) and a wide range of RF equipment marketed under its Agilis brand name for telecommunications, government and defence, maritime, oil and gas, broadcast and enterprise applications. The company also specialises in the design, development and production of advanced space electronics, satellite buses, earth observation satellites and other terrestrial sensors and applications. Please visit www.agilissatcom.com and www.stee.stengg.com.

ST Electronics (Singapore Technologies Electronics Limited) is the electronics arm of Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd, one of the largest public-listed companies on the Singapore Exchange. ST Electronics is a global engineering company specialising in the design, development and integration of advanced electronics and communications systems. Our capabilities are in Rail & Intelligent Transportation; Satellite & Broadband Communications; Info Comm Technologies; Command & Control operations, Training & Simulation; Intelligent Building & Security Systems and Cybersecurity. We have a presence in over 20 countries spanning North America, Latin America, Europe, Africa, the Middle East, China, India and Southeast Asia. For more information, please visit www.stee.stengg.com.

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