Hughes Network Systems will develop and demonstrate a technology intended to manage satellite communications under a $2.2M contract from the U.S. Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center.
The company said Monday it will createÂ the Enterprise Management and Control system prototype with the firm’s Flexible Modem Interface to supportÂ interoperability between satcom networks.
The EM&C platformÂ will employÂ artificial intelligence-based prototypes of the FMI and Mission Management SystemÂ to form a hybrid architecture designed for both commercial and military networks.
Hughes added it aims to demonstrate an approach to plan satcom terminal roaming via automated processes. According to the company, theÂ approach would allow satcom terminals to self-recover and continue connectivity in the event of aÂ service disruption.
âThis contract is another step forward as DoD continues making rapid progress in building high resilience and interoperability across their communications networks,â said Rick Lober, vice president and general manager of Hughes’ defense and intelligence systems division.
âWarfighters can no longer rely on single-threaded systems in contested environments, which is why it is critical the Space Enterprise Vision becomes reality as quickly as possible.â
SMC will fund the prototyping effort via the Space Enterprise Consortium.