BAE Systems will lead an industry team developing novel satellite
communications (NSC) systems under a Defense Advanced Research
Projects Agency (DARPA) program. The agency awarded the team
an initial $10 million contract, with options for an additional
$4.3 million. The purpose of this research is to exploit new
methods to defend the satellite communications uplinks against
"The Novel Satellite Communications program is exploiting
new," said Dr. Michael Zatman, the DARPA program manager
for NSC. The research will demonstrate means to protect the
space bound uplink signals against hostile jamming. The uplink
is the stream of signals transmitted from the user terminal
to the satellite. The means of protection will utilize advanced
signal processing techniques, to ensure uninterrupted communications.
The effort is expected to be completed in early 2008.