RMCE network has transformed their ability to control and
monitor all seven WGS satellites in orbit. With the RMCE, if
one WSOC goes down anywhere in the world, regardless of
the cause, another WSOC can instantaneously assume management of satellites in the downed WSOC’s coverage area.
The RMCE also ensures readiness to operate four additional
WGS satellites slated for launch over the next three years.
It delivers other benefits, too. The bridge of connectivity
the RMCE provides will reduce the number of WSOCs the
Army needs to build—at roughly $25 million per site—
without constraining WGS performance. No additional
personnel costs are incurred for operations and maintenance
because the network requires minimal human intervention.
The networking capabilities that the RMCE brings to satellite control also make possible future consolidation of satellite control infrastructure. “Because RMCE enhances control
without requiring additional WSOC installations, we open
the door for future reduction of both physical footprint and
operational costs,” Col. Babbitt says. “As we plan for the next
generation of Army SATCOM, RMCE transforms the way
we think about monitor and control of geostationary satellites. RMCE expands the possibilities for future SATCOM
architecture to the benefit of both soldiers and taxpayers.”
Raymond Guzman is a retired Army officer who works as a
project lead for the U.S. Army’s Remote Monitoring and Control Equipment (RMCE) at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. N.A. Chu,
Ph.D., works on the control segment of the Wideband Global
SATCOM for the U.S. Army. The views expressed here are theirs
alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Army or
the U.S. government.
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RMCE global terrestrial network lets the WSOCs manage
any WGS satellite visible to any of the six RMCE remote
terminal sites. “RMCE lays the groundwork to transform
the way WGS satellites are managed today,” says Lt. Col. Joel
Babbitt, USA, product director for the WESS office.
For soldiers of the Army’s 53rd Signal Battalion, the
contact: Raymond Guzman, raymond.guzmancorrea.
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