6 Feb 2022

Bridges Cobham’s historical support for standardization with the development of advanced digital interfaces

Cobham Satcom, a leading global provider of satellite communications solutions to the land and maritime sectors, and the Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI), the independent space industry group formed to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks, today announced Cobham's membership in the DIFI Consortium.

Copenhagen, Denmark - 3 February 2022 - Cobham Satcom, a leading global provider of satellite communications solutions to the land and maritime sectors, and the Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI), the independent space industry group formed to advance interoperability in satellite and ground system networks, today announced Cobham’s membership in the DIFI Consortium.

Cobham is a long-standing proponent of standard interfaces, reflected in modular designs and compatibility across a broad range of RF vendors, and has developed a range of digitizers and innovative digital interfaces. “We have strong relationships with many of the DIFI members, and as a leading terminal manufacturer we look forward to adding our experience and support”, noted Bob Potter, Cobham’s Engineering Director, “the Consortium and Standard reflect the strong desires of our user community, and we have long promoted standardization and enabling true interoperability.”

“We are pleased that Cobham, a leading satellite antenna manufacturer, has joined DIFI”, commented Stuart Daughtridge, Chairman of DIFI, “As the diverse members of DIFI working groups advance the scope, use, testing, and certification of the standard, we continue to get closer to the goal of interoperability across space networks.”

DIFI members are coming together to support innovation and the digital transformation of space, satellite and related network technologies through the development of industry interoperability standards. In August, DIFI introduced version 1.0 of its interoperability standard based upon VITA 49, entitled IEEE-ISTO Std 4900-2021: Digital IF Interoperability Standard, which can be downloaded at the Consortium’s website This standard has already been specified in at least one major satellite communications RFI by the U.S. Army to support system interoperability.

About Cobham Satcom

Cobham Satcom is a global leader in satellite communications solutions for the maritime and land segments, providing business- and mission-critical connectivity to a broad range of service providers, enterprise, and government customers.

Cobham Satcom designs and manufactures high-performance satellite communications and critical communications products under the EXPLORER, SAILOR, Sea Tel, and TRACKER brands. We offer outstanding performance and value, with unrivaled support through our global sales and service network.

Cobham Satcom is the market leader in tracking antennas for maritime, fixed, and mobile applications across GEO, LEO, and MEO systems. We are the trusted provider and partner for multiple NGSO constellation operators, who rely on our Gateway antennas to ensure highly reliable, carrier grade backbone connectivity, as well as User Terminals to enable innovative new commercial and government services around the globe.

About The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium

The Digital IF Interoperability Consortium (DIFI) is an independent, international group of companies, organizations, and government agencies that have an interest in the interoperability of networks and ground systems supporting space-based operations. Launched in coordination with the IEEE-ISTO, DIFI’s mission is to enable the digital transformation of space, satellite and related industries through a simple, interoperable Digital IF/RF standard that accelerates industry transformation from L-Band IF to Digital IF, while discouraging vendor lock-in. The founding members of DIFI include Hawkeye 360, Intelsat Corp. (OTCMKTS: INTEQ), Kongsberg Satellite Services AS (KSAT), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, Inc. (NASDAQ: KTOS), Microsoft, and the U.S. Navy. To learn more about DIFI Consortium and view the complete list of current members, visit

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