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Challenges and Progress in Transitioning from L/S Band to C-Band

October 23, 2017 | BY: Paul Cook

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The US government has auctioned off some frequency bands for use in mobile broadband to support the demand for Internet access by smart phones and tablets. This presents an issue for some organizations who use these frequencies as they could now face frequency crowding. The frequencies sold included those traditionally used for telemetry applications both in aircraft flight test, in missile test, and on launch platforms. Thus everyday operation of the flight test community can be drastically affected with reduced operational availability.

The solution is to transition to another frequency band – the C-Band was designated for this task. However, moving to a new band can be expensive, filled with experiments and developments for the telemetry community. The transition to C-Band for flight, launch and missile test applications in the USA is underway with different test ranges and organizations implementing new technologies at different rates. The challenges of reduced bandwidth, increased power and tracking issues are all being investigated and overcome.

Figure 1: The transition to C-Band for the US telemetry market affects flight test and missile test amongst others

This white paper discusses the flight test community’s move to the C-Band spectrum, the current status, and how smoothly this transition is occurring.

Download the Challenges and Progress in Transitioning from L/S Band to C-Band white paper to learn more about:

  • L/S Band
  • C-Band
  • Telemetry
  • Flight test
  • Missile test


Author’s Biography

Paul Cook

Director of Missile Systems, Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions

Paul Cook is the Director of Missile Systems at Curtiss-Wright Defense Solutions. He has 37 years of extensive design and product line experience in Telemetry Systems. He has held both engineering and management positions in Design & Development, Embedded Encryption, RF Subsystems and Data Links, Engineering & Business Management, and Program Management. He has 34 years of experience in the Telemetry industry and 3 years in Information Assurance Type I CCEP certifications. Paul joined Teletronics in 2007 and in addition, worked in the Telemetry Industry for General Dynamics Corporation, Aydin Corporation, and L-3 Communications Corporation. Paul obtained a BS degree from The College of New Jersey and has various postgraduate courses towards a MBA and Program Management Certifications.

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