TSAT is scheduled
to begin U.S. military service by 2014. It is designed to provide
conventional communications services and laser communication
capabilities to all branches of the military, including space
and airborne platforms. The data capacity afforded by the Lasercom
service will start at 2.5 gigabytes per second, nearly the equivalent
of 150 simultaneous high definition television channels. TSAT
will open up new airborne mission possibilities in the areas
of command and control, surveillance and reconnaissance.
The Boeing team, which includes Raytheon, Ball
Aerospace, General Dynamics, IBM, L-3 Communications, Cisco
Systems, BBN Technologies, Hughes Network Systems, Lucent Technologies,
Harris, EMS Technologies, ICE and Alpha Informatics, is working
under a $514 million U.S. Air Force contract for the TSAT Space
Segment Risk Reduction and System Definition program.