IMT’s SkymasterTX Transmitter Takes Flight at Heli-Expo

IMT’s SkymasterTX Transmitter Takes Flight at Heli-Expo

12-Feb-2012 Source: IMT

Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT), a business unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division, and a leader in advanced digital microwave systems for MAG (Military, Aerospace & Government) markets, introduces its SkymasterTX Digital COFDM Video Downlink Transmitter at HELI-EXPO 2012 (Booth 7317).

IMT’s new SkymasterTX is a lightweight, full-featured digital COFDM video downlink transmitter purpose built to address the unique requirements of aircraft downlink operations. The downlink transmitter has secure BCRYPT AES 128/256 encryption, ensuring seamless integration and interoperability with any standard-compliant equipment the customers may already have in their inventory. The chassis design features ARINC mounting with all of the connections and controls located on one side of the unit. This allows users to remove SkymasterTX from one aircraft and install it in another with ease.

“HELI-EXPO is the ideal setting for IMT to introduce the SkymasterTX video downlink transmitter,” says Integrated Microwave Technologies Divisional Chief Executive Stephen Shpock. “SkymasterTX was designed with interoperability at its cornerstone, MPEG-2 and MPEG-4 to support legacy installations and BCRYPT AES 128/256 as the only industry recognized open standard encryption.”

A unique feature of SkymasterTX is its built-in GPS receiver, which allows aircraft position data to be downlinked to a command center for display on a moving map system. This also makes it easier to locate the aircraft rapidly.

SkymasterTX can operate in a wide variety of bands, delivering high definition and standard definition video resolutions. It can output up to 8W of RF power, extending and improving link reliability. SkymasterTX also features COFDM digital modulation which, unlike single carrier modulation formats such as FM, CDL or QAM, is unaffected by multipath.

SkymasterTX comes equipped with a built-in H.264 (MPEG-4) encoder or optional MPEG-2 encoder. The latest encoding method, MPEG-4 requires a 50-percent less bit rate over MPEG-2, improving the reliability of the transmission. MPEG-4 encoding also allows users to transmit high definition video without sacrificing performance.

The front-panel LCD and remote-control user interface allow for quick control of preset selection, standby mode and encryption mode. For such advanced functions as changing frequency plans, AES encryption keys or unit naming, an easy-to-use administration software package is supplied. Configuration is flexible, with 16 or more different presets available.

Mounting to the airframe is flexible, with either horizontal or vertical ARINC trays. This gives the user the option of mounting SkymasterTX to either the deck or a bulkhead in the aircraft.

About Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC
Integrated Microwave Technologies, LLC (IMT) is a Business Unit within the Vitec Group’s Videocom Division. IMT’s solid reputation as a quality leader and a trusted provider of mission-critical wireless video solutions has enabled the company to obtain business with state and local police departments, NASA, the Department of Justice, the US Air Force as well as blue chip defense contractors. IMT is an ISO 9001:2008 certified QMS organization and recipient of multiple industry awards for design and innovations.

A Snapshot of The Vitec Group
Vitec is an international Group principally serving customers in the broadcast, photographic and military, aerospace and government (MAG) markets. Listed on the London Stock Exchange with 2010 revenue of £310 million, Vitec is based on strong, well known, premium brands on which its customers worldwide rely. Vitec is organised in three divisions: Imaging & Staging, Videocom and Services.

  • Imaging & Staging designs, manufactures and distributes equipment and accessories for photography, video and events.
  • Videocom designs and distributes systems and products used in broadcasting and live entertainment, film and video production and MAG.
  • Services provides equipment rental, workflow design and technical support for camera, video, audio, fibre optic and wireless technology used by TV production teams and film crews.

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