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Philip Harlow

X-Band, Clean Frequencies and Satellite Separation in Space

Philip Harlow, President and COO, XTAR

Philip shares his thoughts on X-band frequency; space situational awareness, mobility, jamming and the potential of hybrid HTS and broad beam capability. He describes the unique characteristics that differentiate military satellites from commercial satellites. Chief among these is that military satellites in space are mandated to be separated by four degrees, whereas commercial satellites can be separated by as little as one or two degrees, thereby increasing the chance of interference. He explains how military frequencies are "clean" frequencies because they have fewer commercial users and applications on them and are operated by a very well trained user base. Philip goes on to explain why X-band interference is more likely to be intentional, rather than accidental. He also discusses a future where he sees a potential hybrid of HTS and broad beam capability in military satellites.

Ep #12 – Duration: 25 min

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