UK Troops Add New Communications Satellite

Posted: May 15 2007, 3:00am CDT | by , Updated: Aug 11 2010, 1:49am CDT, in News | Technology News


UK troops add new communications satellite
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The brave men and women from the UK who are risking their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq will now be able to communicate with each other with less interruption, thanks to a new satellite that was launched recently.

The British government is in the middle of a £3.6 billion initiative to bring better services to the dispatched soldiers.Reportedly, the system is making more use in Afghanistan right now, where the communication capacity had been suffering. "In Afghanistan, where we've been using the system probably more than in Iraq, our troops have seen a noticeable increase in capability," said Ministry of Defence spokesperson Brigadier Simon in a BBC News story.

The spacecraft, which transmits over the Skynet 5A platform, was built especially tough for military use, and is more robust than TV, phone, and Internet satellites.

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