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Commercial SATellite COMmunications (SATCOM) provide a range of services to network centric military applications. In addition to fixed satellite systems, a wide range of mobile satellite systems are suitable to support mobile services to emergency applications and communications on the move. The unique capabilities such as robustness, wide area coverage and broadcast/multicast capabilities make SATCOM a preferred choice for worldwide war fighter communication services. In this paper, the authors survey current mobile satellite networks and services, encompassing recent standardization efforts and currently available and planned systems characteristics.
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