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U.S. Space Force and Boeing Complete Critical Design Review of Protected Tactical SATCOM Prototype – Parabolic Arc

  • The rapid prototype program, executed in conjunction with Boeing subsidiary Millennium Space Systems, will provide high levels of protection for US and allied satellite communications.
  • PTS-P will be the first space hub of the U.S. military’s jamming-resistant waveform, Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW)

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., March 16, 2022 (Boeing PR) — US Space Force’s Space Systems Command (SSC) and Boeing [NYSE: BA] recently completed a critical design review for the Protected Tactical SATCOM Prototype (PTS-P), validating Boeing’s technical maturity on the rapid prototyping program.

“We are making great strides in this cutting-edge program,” said Lt. Col. Ryan Rose, SSC’s Deputy Chief of SATCOM Tactical Division. “We asked all industry partners to act quickly — to build, iterate, demonstrate and improve performance, so that we can deploy much faster than we usually would. This design review demonstrates that we are well on our way to delivering new communication capabilities to the warfighter.

Boeing’s PTS-P includes an on-board U.S. Army Protected Tactical Waveform (PTW) processor, providing users with in-theatre anti-jamming capability with network routing that exceeds objective requirements.

Scheduled for in-orbit demonstration after a 2024 launch, the prototype payload features the PTS-P’s improved range performance, reduced latency, and other mission-enabled capabilities that empower the warfighter on a modern battlefield. Integration and testing of the host vehicle will begin next year.

Boeing leverages its expertise in model-based systems engineering and digital engineering to design an agile, scalable and flexible solution to meet the ever-emerging needs of warfighters. Millennium Space Systems bolsters the team with rapid prototyping and demonstrations in a fully integrated and streamlined execution approach.

“Space Force’s incremental demonstration approach allows us to quickly bring capabilities to the warfighter while mitigating risk to future technology developments,” said Troy Dawson, vice president of Government Satellite Systems at Boeing. “We are investing in our satellite portfolio to provide the most advanced solutions to our customers. Our scalable software-defined payload will be able to adapt and evolve to meet the needs of any mission, and it can be hosted on commercial or government platforms.

To date, the Boeing team has completed several capability demonstrations and design reviews, including validating interoperability with government-provided Protected Anti-Jam Tactical SATCOM (PATS) hardware and software components.

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