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Global SATCOM Enterprise Services

Artel has 20 years of experience designing and delivering secure end-to-end solutions that combine bandwidth, teleport access, terminals, terrestrial tail circuits, network management, and engineering services.  We have supported airborne, maritime, and ground operations with custom SATCOM solutions that provide mission-critical communications when they are needed most.

Artel was the very first industry partner in the U.S. Government’s Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program, and our expertise is available on the newly awarded CS3 Contract Vehicle, as well as GSA IT Schedule 70, SIN’s 132-54 for Transponded Capacity and 132-55 for Subscription Services. In addition, Artel is an active participant with the Advanced Technology International (ATI) Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) to develop and streamline the procurement of next-generation space technologies for the U.S. Government.

“Artel’s management team is very experienced and always professional when dealing with our mission partners. They continually demonstrate their ability to execute this requirement at an extremely successful rate. The Artel technical team performed in an exceptional manner despite turnover in personnel during this period of performance. The accumulated experience of each of these team individuals ensures optimal performance for the Government and the end user.”

CTC 0225 CPARS Contracting Officer

On-demand Satellite and
Terrestrial Connectivity

  • Global Network Platform Designed for Operational Flexibility
  • Pay-As-You-Go Service Model for Fixed and Mobile Configurations
  • Dedicated CIR-based Service Package Options
  • Unlimited Data Usage Plans
  • Available on Artel GSA Schedule 70 SIN 132-55

Global SATCOM Enterprise Services

Artel has 20 years of experience designing and delivering secure end-to-end solutions that combine bandwidth, teleport access, terminals, terrestrial tail circuits, network management, and engineering services.  We have supported airborne, maritime, and ground operations with custom SATCOM solutions that provide mission-critical communications when they are needed most.

Artel was the very first industry partner in the U.S. Government’s Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) program, and our expertise is available on the newly awarded CS3 Contract Vehicle, as well as GSA IT Schedule 70, SIN’s 132-54 for Transponded Capacity and 132-55 for Subscription Services. In addition, Artel is an active participant with the Advanced Technology International (ATI) Space Enterprise Consortium (SpEC) to develop and streamline the procurement of next-generation space technologies for the U.S. Government.

“Artel’s management team is very experienced and always professional when dealing with our mission partners. They continually demonstrate their ability to execute this requirement at an extremely successful rate. The Artel technical team performed in an exceptional manner despite turnover in personnel during this period of performance. The accumulated experience of each of these team individuals ensures optimal performance for the Government and the end user.”

CTC 0225 CPARS Contracting Officer

Expand the bars below to explore Artel’s key SATCOM services:

Enterprise Bandwidth Management Services

Artel’s Satellite Communications Business Unit has been a trusted and proven satellite service provider to the Department of Defense (DoD) for almost 20 years, mainly via the Defense Satellite Transmission Services-Global (DSTS-G) and Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) programs. Throughout this timeframe, Artel has supported our DoD customers with approximately 6000 MHz of C-, X-, Ku-, and Ka-bandwidth on 60 commercial satellites during its peak.

Artel currently manages approximately 2.5 GHz of commercial SATCOM transponded capacity for our DoD customers via the FCSA contract vehicle, with full transponder delivery on more than 90 percent of available commercial satellite operators’ fleet assets worldwide. By procuring required capacity across multiple satellite operator fleets, regardless of operator bias, Artel can focus on delivering the most cost-effective solutions to our Government customers.

Our Enterprise Bandwidth Management Services include:

  • Network design incorporating rigorous requirements analysis and engineering processes to ensure the fielding of validated and compliant network solutions
  • Partnerships with multiple satellite operators to provide solutions tailored to each customer’s mission requirements and budget parameters
  • Bandwidth planning and procurement to ensure cost-effective, long-term solutions in support of secure, reliable mission-critical communications

Case Study — Infrastructure Modernization

The Social Security Agency (SSA) tasked Artel with modernizing its core SATCOM infrastructure, which includes an agency-owned Interactive Video Teletraining network, Visual Communications Control Center (VCCC), and the Social Security Television network, collectively referred to as Satellite Communications Services (SCS). SCS serves more than 62,000 employees at more than 1,600 locations nationwide. Artel is responsible for operations and maintenance of the entire infrastructure, which includes the satellite uplink, downlink locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, satellite transponder airtime, and the VCCC support desk. When we began the project, the satellite modulator – a key component of SCS – had reached its end of life. Further, the SSA was using a proprietary process for switching between redundant modulators. Artel installed a new modulator as well as standard commercial switching technology, which significantly reduced SCS operating costs. Artel also implemented a customized monitoring and control system that could support both the newer portion of the infrastructure as well as the existing portion. As a result, the SSA reduced its control room footprint by three full racks of equipment. In addition to delivering major cost savings, this technology upgrade improved system performance by 42 percent – all without interrupting ongoing SCS operations.

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Purpose-Built, MilSpec Payload Design Services

As a member of the Other Transactions Authority (OTA) Space Enterprise Consortium, Artel shares the Government’s focus on the design, development, and delivery of SATCOM solutions to meet the Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) future requirements. We currently support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on its COMSATCOM Pathfinder #2 contract, on which we are responsible for the design, manufacturing, pre-launch activities, and in-orbit testing of a pre-launch transponder. The transponder will have a life expectancy of 15 years and will be available for use by the end of 2022. The Artel Team will provide qualified support personnel, facilities, equipment, systems, and software to deliver the contracted capacity over the life of the spacecraft.

Artel’s Payload Design Services provide our Government customers with:

  • Delivery of future capabilities aligned to AFSPC specifications through development of CNSSP12-compliant payloads
  • The cost efficiencies of payload ownership over time versus short-team leasing agreements
  • Disaggregated, purpose-built architectures to ensure resiliency in space

Case Study — Pathfinder 2

The USAF awarded Artel its Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Pathfinder #2 contract (PF2). PF2 calls for one or more full Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Ku-Band transponder(s) with contiguous United States coverage on a pre-launch satellite. In total, the transponder(s) will comprise at least 72 MHz of bandwidth, with each transponder providing at least 36 MHz of contiguous bandwidth. In response to PF2, Artel assembled a team to include satellite operator Hispasat and satellite bandwidth provider and hosted payload development expert Hunter Communications. The Artel Team created an innovative solution that uses the spectrum of three existing transponders on the Amazonas-2 satellite to form a single 108-MHz transponder on its replacement Amazonas-6, significantly enhancing the value to the Air Force. In addition, the transponder will comply with Government-specified enhancements related to heightened security requirements. The transponder will have a life expectancy of 15 years and will be available for use by the end of 2022.

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Satellite Technology Assessment Services

Artel evaluates availability in multiple space segments and coverage specifications, determining which satellite providers offer the best solution for individual requirements. We also examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of implementation. Evaluating multiple satellite and earth station providers enables us to review pricing and technical capabilities and develop optimal, cost-effective solutions that use existing customer capabilities, facilities, and infrastructure.

Our satellite experts evaluate all commercial satellite providers based on space segment capacities. Incorporating the enhanced benefits of spacecraft hardening, spacecraft operations security, command and telemetry link encryption, and ground-based and space-based interference geo-location systems, we deliver secure and flexible solutions with high levels of redundancy.

Artel’s Satellite Technology Assessment Services include:

  • Creating satellite link budgets and engineering equipment topologies to deliver seamless, end-to-end, customer communications networks
  • Enabling 24×7 interactive services to include voice, video, data, and imagery transport around the globe
  • Using our own satellite monitoring system based on the MONICS application to evaluate and troubleshoot space segments for our Government and commercial customers

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Turnkey Earth Station Antenna Design & Integration

Artel maintains strategic relationships with industry-leading providers of satellite services to address the full range of enterprise network design requirements. Combining our institutional knowledge with the capabilities of our partners, Artel’s services in this area include gateway antenna design; systems engineering; systems building; systems integration; project management; and logistics. We have used our expertise to design and build communications architectures connecting Warfighters between various locations for mission-critical operations.

Our specific Turnkey Earth Station Antenna Design and Integration experience includes the following:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Artel provided a turn-key Gateway Earth Station design for Boeing to support the Inmarsat Global Xpress network. The project included a 9.4m Ka-band Earth Station located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Artel led all Project Management (PM) activities, including antenna design, build, integration, and logistical support.
  • Palmer Earth Station, Antarctica: In 2002, Artel won a task order to support the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) United States Antarctica Program (USAP) with the development of a new Earth Station (ES) antenna system located at Palmer Station, Antarctica. This turnkey design included a radome-enclosed 4.9m C-band Gateway Antenna System, including the necessary communications architecture to connect operations from the Palmer Station location to USAP headquarters in the United States. Artel led all PM activities, including antenna design, build, integration, operational verification testing, and support.
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina: Artel was selected to develop a turnkey Gateway Earth Station design for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The project required the design of a dual 3.8m C/Ku-band Gateway Antenna System, including the necessary communications architecture to connect to mission-critical warfighter operations. Artel led all PM activities, including antenna design, build, integration, operational verification testing, and support.
Advanced RF Link Design & Optimization Services

To enable future managed services, the Government requires a partner that can analyze satellite capacity and design solutions that meet mission-critical data service requirements. Artel provides optimized satellite solutions through RF link design for mobile, fixed, and broadcast satellite services. We customize transponded capacity solutions to deliver the right amount of bandwidth required to meet each customer’s specific data transmission needs. This optimization of satellite bandwidth offers significant cost savings over time. Further, Artel is a trusted partner for CENTOM and AFCENT Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, currently delivering more than 1 GHz capacity for UAS platforms worldwide.

Artel’s satellite engineering team offers:

  • Unmatched expertise delivering SATCOM bandwidth solutions for mission-critical data services
  • Extensive experience designing solutions for Predator/Reaper, Global Hawk, and Gray Eagle UAS operations
  • Advanced satellite link design to enable optimized Warfighter Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations
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Secure Network Enterprise Management & Control (EM&C)

Artel understands AFSPC’s vision to develop EM&C capabilities for SATCOM planning and mission management apart from user traffic. Such solutions require advancements in enterprise software platforms that enable integration of multiple satellite networks. Artel is working with a leading satellite software provider to enable SATCOM roaming across various service providers, which will improve satellite capacity and deliver cost savings for future Government endeavors.

Artel’s Secure Network EM&C activities include:

  • Partnering with a leading provider of enterprise-level software systems for the satellite industry to deliver future SATCOM capabilities to AFSPC
  • Serving as a member of the OTA Space Enterprise Consortium, which is focused on the design, development, and delivery of next-generation space technologies
  • Working to combine multiple, disaggregated capabilities into a single platform to increase resiliency of future satellite networks
Enterprise Bandwidth Management Services

Artel’s Satellite Communications Business Unit has been a trusted and proven satellite service provider to the Department of Defense (DoD) for almost 20 years, mainly via the Defense Satellite Transmission Services-Global (DSTS-G) and Future COMSATCOM Services Acquisition (FCSA) programs. Throughout this timeframe, Artel has supported our DoD customers with approximately 6000 MHz of C-, X-, Ku-, and Ka-bandwidth on 60 commercial satellites during its peak. Artel currently manages approximately 2.5 GHz of commercial SATCOM transponded capacity for our DoD customers via the FCSA contract vehicle, with full transponder delivery on more than 90 percent of available commercial satellite operators’ fleet assets worldwide. By procuring required capacity across multiple satellite operator fleets, regardless of operator bias, Artel can focus on delivering the most cost-effective solutions to our Government customers.

Our Enterprise Bandwidth Management Services include:

  • Network design incorporating rigorous requirements analysis and engineering processes to ensure the fielding of validated and compliant network solutions
  • Partnerships with multiple satellite operators to provide solutions tailored to each customer’s mission requirements and budget parameters
  • Bandwidth planning and procurement to ensure cost-effective, long-term solutions in support of secure, reliable mission-critical communications

Case Study — Infrastructure Modernization

The Social Security Agency (SSA) tasked Artel with modernizing its core SATCOM infrastructure, which includes an agency-owned Interactive Video Teletraining network, Visual Communications Control Center (VCCC), and the Social Security Television network, collectively referred to as Satellite Communications Services (SCS). SCS serves more than 62,000 employees at more than 1,600 locations nationwide. Artel is responsible for operations and maintenance of the entire infrastructure, which includes the satellite uplink, downlink locations in Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, satellite transponder airtime, and the VCCC support desk. When we began the project, the satellite modulator – a key component of SCS – had reached its end of life. Further, the SSA was using a proprietary process for switching between redundant modulators. Artel installed a new modulator as well as standard commercial switching technology, which significantly reduced SCS operating costs. Artel also implemented a customized monitoring and control system that could support both the newer portion of the infrastructure as well as the existing portion. As a result, the SSA reduced its control room footprint by three full racks of equipment. In addition to delivering major cost savings, this technology upgrade improved system performance by 42 percent – all without interrupting ongoing SCS operations.

Learn More >

Purpose-Built, MilSpec Payload Design Services

As a member of the Other Transactions Authority (OTA) Space Enterprise Consortium, Artel shares the Government’s focus on the design, development, and delivery of SATCOM solutions to meet the Air Force Space Command’s (AFSPC) future requirements. We currently support the U.S. Air Force (USAF) on its COMSATCOM Pathfinder #2 contract, on which we are responsible for the design, manufacturing, pre-launch activities, and in-orbit testing of a pre-launch transponder. The transponder will have a life expectancy of 15 years and will be available for use by the end of 2022. The Artel Team will provide qualified support personnel, facilities, equipment, systems, and software to deliver the contracted capacity over the life of the spacecraft.

Artel’s Payload Design Services provide our Government customers with:

  • Delivery of future capabilities aligned to AFSPC specifications through development of CNSSP12-compliant payloads
  • The cost efficiencies of payload ownership over time versus short-team leasing agreements
  • Disaggregated, purpose-built architectures to ensure resiliency in space

Case Study — Pathfinder 2

The USAF awarded Artel its Commercial Satellite Communications (COMSATCOM) Pathfinder #2 contract (PF2). PF2 calls for one or more full Fixed Satellite Service (FSS) Ku-Band transponder(s) with contiguous United States coverage on a pre-launch satellite. In total, the transponder(s) will comprise at least 72 MHz of bandwidth, with each transponder providing at least 36 MHz of contiguous bandwidth. In response to PF2, Artel assembled a team to include satellite operator Hispasat and satellite bandwidth provider and hosted payload development expert Hunter Communications. The Artel Team created an innovative solution that uses the spectrum of three existing transponders on the Amazonas-2 satellite to form a single 108-MHz transponder on its replacement Amazonas-6, significantly enhancing the value to the Air Force. In addition, the transponder will comply with Government-specified enhancements related to heightened security requirements. The transponder will have a life expectancy of 15 years and will be available for use by the end of 2022.

Learn More >

Satellite Technology Assessment Services

Artel evaluates availability in multiple space segments and coverage specifications, determining which satellite providers offer the best solution for individual requirements. We also examine the feasibility, costs, and benefits of implementation. Evaluating multiple satellite and earth station providers enables us to review pricing and technical capabilities and develop optimal, cost-effective solutions that use existing customer capabilities, facilities, and infrastructure. Our satellite experts evaluate all commercial satellite providers based on space segment capacities. Incorporating the enhanced benefits of spacecraft hardening, spacecraft operations security, command and telemetry link encryption, and ground-based and space-based interference geo-location systems, we deliver secure and flexible solutions with high levels of redundancy.

Artel’s Satellite Technology Assessment Services include:

  • Creating satellite link budgets and engineering equipment topologies to deliver seamless, end-to-end, customer communications networks
  • Enabling 24×7 interactive services to include voice, video, data, and imagery transport around the globe

Learn More >

Turnkey Earth Station Antenna Design & Integration

Artel maintains strategic relationships with industry-leading providers of satellite services to address the full range of enterprise network design requirements. Combining our institutional knowledge with the capabilities of our partners, Artel’s services in this area include gateway antenna design; systems engineering; systems building; systems integration; project management; and logistics. We have used our expertise to design and build communications architectures connecting Warfighters between various locations for mission-critical operations.

Our specific Turnkey Earth Station Antenna Design and Integration experience includes the following:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa: Artel provided a turn-key Gateway Earth Station design for Boeing to support the Inmarsat Global Xpress network. The project included a 9.4m Ka-band Earth Station located in Johannesburg, South Africa. Artel led all Project Management (PM) activities, including antenna design, build, integration, and logistical support.
  • Palmer Earth Station, Antarctica: In 2002, Artel won a task order to support the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) United States Antarctica Program (USAP) with the development of a new Earth Station (ES) antenna system located at Palmer Station, Antarctica. This turnkey design included a radome-enclosed 4.9m C-band Gateway Antenna System, including the necessary communications architecture to connect operations from the Palmer Station location to USAP headquarters in the United States. Artel led all PM activities, including antenna design, build, integration, operational verification testing, and support.
  • Fort Bragg, North Carolina: Artel was selected to develop a turnkey Gateway Earth Station design for the United States Special Operations Command (USSOCOM) located at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. The project required the design of a dual 3.8m C/Ku-band Gateway Antenna System, including the necessary communications architecture to connect to mission-critical warfighter operations. Artel led all PM activities, including antenna design, build, integration, operational verification testing, and support.
Advanced RF Link Design & Optimization Services

To enable future managed services, the Government requires a partner that can analyze satellite capacity and design solutions that meet mission-critical data service requirements. Artel provides optimized satellite solutions through RF link design for mobile, fixed, and broadcast satellite services. We customize transponded capacity solutions to deliver the right amount of bandwidth required to meet each customer’s specific data transmission needs. This optimization of satellite bandwidth offers significant cost savings over time. Further, Artel is a trusted partner for CENTOM and AFCENT Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) operations, currently delivering more than 1 GHz capacity for UAS platforms worldwide.

Artel’s satellite engineering team offers:

  • Unmatched expertise delivering SATCOM bandwidth solutions for mission-critical data services
  • Extensive experience designing solutions for Predator/Reaper, Global Hawk, and Gray Eagle UAS operations
  • Advanced satellite link design to enable optimized Warfighter Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance operations
  •  
Secure Network Enterprise Management & Control (EM&C)

Artel understands AFSPC’s vision to develop EM&C capabilities for SATCOM planning and mission management apart from user traffic. Such solutions require advancements in enterprise software platforms that enable integration of multiple satellite networks. Artel is working with a leading satellite software provider to enable SATCOM roaming across various service providers, which will improve satellite capacity and deliver cost savings for future Government endeavors.

Artel’s Secure Network EM&C activities include:

  • Partnering with a leading provider of enterprise-level software systems for the satellite industry to deliver future SATCOM capabilities to AFSPC
  • Serving as a member of the OTA Space Enterprise Consortium, which is focused on the design, development, and delivery of next-generation space technologies
  • Working to combine multiple, disaggregated capabilities into a single platform to increase resiliency of future satellite networks

Artel SATCOM Technology
Research Library

Welcome to the Artel, LLC SATCOM Resource Library – a virtual repository of technological knowledge and expertise related to the satellite communications industry.

1 White Paper Topic 1
Sun Transit Effects to Satellite Link Design

2 White Paper Topic 2
Spread Spectrum & Interference Reduction

3 White Paper Topic 3
Nonlinearity Effects to Satellite Link Design

4 White Paper Topic 4
Ku-Band Satellite Link Budget Design

5 White Paper Topic 5
Rainfall Effects to Satellite Link Design

6 White Paper Topic 6
Satellite Payload Technologies

Produced by:

DR. XT VUONG

Vice President and Chief Scientist, FCSA Program Manager
Artel SATCOM Team

Artel SATCOM Technology
Research Library

Welcome to the Artel, LLC SATCOM Resource Library – a virtual repository of technological knowledge and expertise related to the satellite communications industry.

1White Paper Topic 1
Sun Transit Effects to Satellite Link Design

2 White Paper Topic 2
Spread Spectrum & Interference Reduction

3 White Paper Topic
Nonlinearity Effects to Satellite Link Design

4 White Paper Topic 4
Ku-Band Satellite Link Budget Design

5 White Paper Topic 5
Rainfall Effects to Satellite Link Design

6 White Paper Topic 6
Satellite Payload Technologies

1 White Paper Topic 1
Sun Transit Effects to Satellite Link Design

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Sun Transit Effects to Satellite Design

2 White Paper Topic 2
Spread Spectrum & Interference Reduction

3 White Paper Topic 3
Nonlinearity Effects to Satellite Link Design

4 White Paper Topic 4
Ku-Band Satellite Link Budget Design

5 White Paper Topic 5
Rainfall Effects to Satellite Link Design

6 White Paper Topic 6
Satellite Payload Technologies

Produced by:

DR. XT VUONG

Vice President and Chief Scientist, FCSA Program Manager
Artel SATCOM Team

Produced by:

DR. XT VUONG

Vice President and Chief Scientist, FCSA Program Manager
Artel SATCOM Team

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