L-3 Telemetry-East to Add C-Band to Its Ground Receivers

October 22, 2009

L-3 Telemetry-East (L-3 TE) will release an upgrade kit for its fielded ground receivers, providing C-Band functionality, in late 2009. The design effort, which is sponsored by the U.S. Air Force with oversight from Edwards Air Force Base, is a response to the decreasing spectrum available due to encroachment by the commercial market (such as satellite radio and 3G wireless).

Current telemetry ground receivers typically operate in a bandwidth between 215 MHz to 2485 MHz. The new C-Band functionality covers 4.4 GHz to 5.15GHz. The first installation of the upgrade kit will be in the RCB-2000 telemetry receiver.

The upgrade kit provides a low-cost solution for fielded receivers. The U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy are expected to start using the kit to update their ranges in 2010.
A white paper on the C-Band receivers was presented at the International Telemetering Conference in Las Vegas, NV, on October 28 by Mark Kukawski.