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On-Location Public Affairs Reach-Back System

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Technical Report

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Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

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Deployed operations necessitate Department of Defense forces to operate in remote and sparsely connected locations that limit their ability to maintain high-quality, high-speed visual communications with the rest of the force. An operational requirement has been established for the provision of video services that can swiftly distribute high-quality video from within the fleet to anywhere in the world with short notice. Such a capability requires rapidly deployable, high-throughput, low-latency satellite communications. Modern satellite constellations can enable this capability acting as a high-speed telecommunications portal. This research evaluated an integrated, satellite-enabled, high definition portable video processing solution constructed from commercially available components. This solution can be used to deliver ultra high definition UHD video from forward-deployed units in a wide variety of use cases and applications. The use case developed in this research utilized commodity digital camera and computing equipment to send a live 4K video stream to the Defense Media Activitys public video media outlet, DVIDS. This quantitative experimental research found that the O3b Networks Medium Earth Orbit satellite terminal successfully provided sufficient bandwidth and acceptable latency to provide network services for forward-deployed UHD video devices.

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  • Radio Communications

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