- Inster-Grupo Oesía manufactures the new foldable device for the OneWeb constellation, designed primarily for military operations and emergency response.
Madrid, January 18, 2024 – Inster-Grupo Oesía has been selected by OneWeb for the development and manufacturing of its portable satellite terminals, which provide new connectivity capabilities in both military operations and emergency response teams working in areas beyond the limits of traditional terrestrial networks and directly on the tactical edge. This device makes it possible to bring resilient communications to disconnected and under-connected areas.
The FoldSat LEo Ku OW Mil is the first foldable, fully ruggedized user terminal selected by OneWeb. It is self-assembling, easy to deploy and designed to operate over OneWeb’s constellation of Ku-band LEO satellites for paused communications.
Manufactured by Inster-Grupo Oesía, this terminal weighs only 11.8 kg and presents a concept of portable equipment of compact size and low power consumption, based on a folding antenna design. The Wi-Fi access point can provide connectivity up to 100 meters. In this way, Grupo Oesía is positioned as a protagonist of the New Space, the new paradigm of the aerospace sector.
This new system offered by Inster-Grupo Oesía has multiple dual applications and use cases. It is used, for example, for high-definition video transmissions in extreme situations, such as natural disasters, as well as for field use in the defense industry, such as the communications required for combatants in high-risk missions.
In the words of Miguel Angel Diaz, director of Inster-Grupo Oesía, “the design and manufacture of these portable terminals for OneWeb positions our company as a relevant European player in satellite communications, contributing to create a safer, better connected and sustainable world”.
The FoldSat LEo Ku OW Mil device can operate through an external power supply with multiple options: mains and battery, while still offering high-speed, low-latency connectivity. Useful for real-time data transfer, video and voice services, the FoldSat LEo works in the harshest environmental and operating conditions.
With up to 195 Mbps downstream and 32 Mbps upstream throughput, it features external GNSS input for non-GPS environments. The FoldSat Leo terminal fits in a folded backpack, giving it greater portability for command and control, situational awareness or basic welfare needs.
This terminal is designed for ground, air, maritime or special operations forces, humanitarian aid and, in the event of a disaster, emergency services.