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GATR Announces the Only Inflatable Satellite Antenna Terminals Now Certified to Operate at X-band on Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Network

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GATR Announces the Only Inflatable Satellite Antenna Terminals Now Certified to Operate at X-band on Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) Network

Huntsville, Alabama, January 30, 2013 – GATR Technologies announced today that its 2.4- and 1.8-meter unique, industry changing, inflatable satellite communication terminals are certified to operate at X-band on the Wideband Global SATCOM (WGS) network. This certification affirms that GATR’s terminals adhere to the stringent performance and operational control requirements needed to operate on the WGS network. GATR’s extreme portability, in combination with this certification, enables the warfighter to easily transport and deploy the system, as well as transmit and receive mission critical data, voice, and video faster and more securely. Testing was completed by the U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command/Army Forces Strategic Command (SMDC/ARSTRAT) in support of the U.S. Marine Corp System Command.

The WGS constellation of satellites increases the communications capability of United States, Canadian, Australian, and other allied nation militaries by providing additional bandwidth capabilities for tactical command, control, communications, and computers; intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR); battle management; and combat support information. WGS offers the ability to exchange information faster using higher data rates, and more efficiently, versus commercial satellite solutions.

“GATR’s WGS certification fulfills mission requirements for a high-gain, low-weight satellite terminal that will directly benefit the warfighter,” states Dr. Larry Lowe, VP of Engineering at GATR Technologies. Lowe continues, “The portability and performance advantages of our technology are already realized by comms groups within the military and homeland security; this certification enables all DoD users to exploit these advantages.” GATR’s 1.8- and 2.4-meter X-band solutions are also certified to operate on commercial X-band networks such as X-TAR and Paradigm.

About the GATR Antenna System

GATR’s Antenna Systems are highly-deployable inflatable satellite communications terminals (1.2-, 1.8-, and 2.4-meter) that enable high-bandwidth satellite communications in remote areas. Deploying in two cases and weighing less than 99 lbs /45 kg each (1 case – 75 lb/34 kg for 1.2m), the GATR reduces logistical size (packaged weight and volume) by up to 80% while delivering the same signal performance as a rigid antenna. The GATR is currently used by U.S. and foreign military, intelligence, and homeland security, as well as commercial and non-governmental organizations at Ku-, C-, and X-bands.

About GATR Technologies

GATR Technologies (incorporated in 2004) manufactures inflatable satellite communications terminals. GATR's patented, unique design enables deployment of large aperture satellite terminals in two airline checkable cases, making it ideal for first-in deployments, remote applications, and contingency scenarios where transportation and space are limited (includes Military, Intelligence, and Homeland Security organizations). GATR has been an Inc. 500/5000 company since 2009. More information on GATR can be found at www.gatr.com.

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