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Telesat and Gilat to develop modem technology for LEO satellites

Gilat Satellite Networks is to collaborate with Telesat to develop broadband communication technology using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Canada-Israel Industrial Research and Development Foundation (CIIRDF) will invest to facilitate faster and more secure data transmission.

The joint Canada-Israel innovation project will combine Telesat’s and Gilat’s engineering capabilities to do live testing, using Gilat modem technology, over the Telesat Phase-1 LEO satellite launched earlier this year. The adaptation of Gilat’s leading-edge modem technology to support advanced LEO constellations, such as the system Telesat is developing, will highlight the benefits that a high-quality satellite broadband experience can deliver to applications including in-flight connectivity.

“Telesat is pleased to join forces with Gilat in the development of modem technology that we will use to deliver high-speed broadband communications over the Telesat Phase-1 LEO satellite already in orbit,” said Dave Wendling, Telesat’s chief technical officer. “This project will allow us to demonstrate the high performance and low latency advantages of Telesat’s LEO constellation to our tier-1 aeronautical, maritime and enterprise customers.”

Global Eagle is among those companies committed to collaborate in live, over-the-air trials on Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite.

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