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TerraNet is a game-changer for cost-effective training and testing of SATCOM terminals in the field

Herndon, Va., 7 May, 2024 – iDirect Government (iDirectGov), a leading provider of satellite communications to the military and government, announced a partnership with Tampa Microwave that combines iDirect Government’s Tactical Hub and Tampa Microwave’s Quad Band Satellite Simulator (QBSS) to deliver an easy to use, transportable, and cost-effective solution to support all-encompassing mission-readiness scenarios, branded TerraNet. A turnkey solution, TerraNet can be used to perform end-to-end system validation, radio frequency (RF) equipment testing, training, maintenance, and pre-deployment exercises of hub and remote terminals in a simulated satellite network of up to 1000 remotes within a range of 300 feet.

“Intricate engineering, advanced technology, testing, launch expenses, ongoing maintenance, ground control operations, and other factors contribute to the high costs of satellite communications,” said Tim Winter, president of iDirect Government. “Although the bandwidth costs are well worth it to protect citizens and U.S. infrastructure, assets, and interests, there is now a way to prepare for mission readiness and save on bandwidth costs with TerraNet. This solution represents another way that iDirect Government is at the forefront of innovation, with Tampa Microwave as our partner.”

TerraNet enables MILSATCOM users to deploy a cost-effective training and testing platform with benefits that include:

  • Simulated satellite link for mission readiness activities, saving bandwidth costs from using a live network.
  • Reduced training lead times due to other satellite bandwidth and priorities, allowing training to take place when it is needed.
  • Eliminating cancellations of planned training testing because of higher priority uses.
  • Effectively conduct training and testing on multiple interference scenarios without compromising live networks.
  • Evaluate emerging technologies and field new capabilities without necessitating live mission networks.
  • Complete network system eliminates reliance upon gateway personnel and resources: personnel can “train as they fight” in a realistic end-to-end environment

Live demonstrations of TerraNet will be available at Global SOF Week 2024 in Tampa, FL, from May 7-9, 2024 at the iDirect Government booth (#1113).


Media Contacts:

Keri Spencer
Sr. Director of Marketing, iDirect Government

Jane Bryant
Spire Communications


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