The US Navy has awarded a contract to SatMAX Corporation for the provision of a SatMAX satellite communications (satcom) repeater system.

The new hangar-installed satellite data communications repeater will be located at the Naval Air Warfare Center (NAWC) in Patuxent River, Maryland, and will be used to test Iridium-based aircraft communications and avionics.

SatMAX repeater technology enables satcom users and aircraft maintenance teams to quickly and easily access wireless voice and data communications from any non-line-of-sight location so that aircraft no longer need to be towed into position.

In addition, the system overcomes signal negation from structures and the need to locate in a directional area to communicate with orbiting satellites.