The Multi-band Test Terminal on the a rooftop of a Lincoln laboratory building enables the testing of waveforms and techniques for antijam protection for satellite communications.

Advanced SATCOM Systems and Operations

Our group develops innovative architectures for next-generation satellite communications (SATCOM) systems. We perform systems engineering on test beds and operational prototypes to enhance capabilities of communications satellites, line-of-sight radio communications systems, and free-space optical communications systems. Researchers in this group design waveforms that more efficiently use the frequency spectrum, which can prove crucial in military satellite communication. We also develop adaptive antenna beamforming and signal processing techniques to improve system performance.

Featured Projects

Photo of researchers launching the weather balloons
High-altitude balloons used as beyond-line-of-sight relays would provide communications nodes if satellite communications could not offer coverage in contested environments.
Lincoln Laboratory personnel Joseph Zurkus, left, and Jacob Huang, right, operate a protected tactical waveform modem and collect data while Ted O'Connell, back, monitors terminal equipment during flight testing.
Satellite communications technologies enable the U.S. military to maintain connectivity in the field.

Advancing Our Research

Featured Publications

Design of an optical photon counting array receiver system for deep-space communications

Oct 1
Proc. of the IEEE, Vol. 95, No. 10, October 2007, pp. 2059-2069.