Augmenting MILSATCOM anywhere, any time

09 October 2017

Chris Johnson, Vice President, Boeing Commercial Satellite Services

  • us-government

  • global-xpress

At Boeing Commercial Satellite Services (BCSS), we take pride in having a deep understanding of our customers. Drawing from Boeing’s more than 50 years of designing, building, fielding and operating satellite communication (SATCOM) systems for the U.S. government, we know who our customers are and how they are required to operate.

Now, with Global Xpress, the world’s first global high-throughput wideband network from a single operator that complements military SATCOM (MILSATCOM) Ka-band systems, BCSS is bringing the throughput and interoperability government customers demand, anywhere, anytime, securely and reliably – available today.

The Global Xpress Mil-Ka High-Capacity Payload (HCP) steerable beams allow authorized military users to access complementary steerable wideband capacity as part of their own independent network, in the same frequency band as Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS). Communication networks can be established using WGS-certified SATCOM terminals as transponded networks in the same beam, reach-back networks through the Global Xpress Satellite Access Stations (SAS), or as a service from spot beam to spot beam. Users have the option to field specific technology and equipment in the Global Xpress secure enclave built at Inmarsat’s SAS locations placed in NATO and Five-Eye nations. To support the government’s unique needs, BCSS has established additional unique teleports designed with security and maximum functionality in mind.

Inherently agile, rapidly repositionable

Reliant either on machine-to-machine interfaces or a human in the loop, Global Xpress steerable beams are inherently agile and can be rapidly repositioned either to track fast-moving platforms, airborne or ground-based, or to support multiple geographically dispersed missions within a single coverage area – in real time. Beam repositioning to any geographic location within the satellite’s field-of-regard takes less than two minutes.

In addition, Global Xpress Mil-Ka bandwidth can discriminate against jamming or other ground-based interference, thereby allowing continued coverage by moving the beam slightly, so that it still covers their area of need while avoiding the jammer. Successfully tested over-the-air on the Inmarsat-5 constellation, it delivers broader protection and more anti-jam resistance, enhancing diversity, resiliency and protection.


About the author

Chris Johnson is the Vice President of Boeing Commercial Satellite Services. As the leader of this services unit within Boeing Satellite Systems International, he oversees a team of sales, marketing, technical and customer service personnel responsible for the development of innovative solutions for satellite customers by marketing commercial satellite telecommunications services to the U.S. government and other satellite users.

Prior to his current position he was the director of business development for Government Space Systems, a unit of Boeing Network and Space System, responsible for the business development activities for the current and future navigation, communication, special mission and civil business sectors.