The Omnispace-LinQuest Team was selected by NSIN in late 2020 to demonstrate its technology in connection with Verizon’s new 5G “Living Lab.” Travel restrictions due to the COVID pandemic prevented the actual demonstration at Miramar, so a lab-based demonstration became a logical and low-risk alternative.
The demonstration, conducted at LinQuest’s innovations lab (LinQlab) in Chantilly, VA, emulated the Omnispace initial 5G-via-satellite capability using LinQlab’s 5G, SATCOM, and WAN emulation capabilities, along with the LinQlab internal cloud environment. A number of commercial-off-the-shelf 5G devices were also used to communicate voice and data services via an emulated 5G radio access network (RAN), through an emulation of Omnispace’s on-orbit satellite, to a virtualized 5G Core network and cloud-based services within LinQlab.
"5G will be a critical technology for our military operations in the very near future, and those operations aren’t limited to dense urban environments where most 5G infrastructure is being deployed," said Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel Brandon Newell, Director, SoCal Tech Bridge, Naval X, a driving force behind some of the U.S. Department of Defense’s 5G initiatives and a participant in the live demonstration. "Truly global, mobile 5G connectivity in aero, maritime, and remote areas will be essential across a broad spectrum of our government and military operations."