MTN Satellite Communications (MTN) recently honored its chief technology officer, Richard Hadsall, with a Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his role as a pioneer of maritime satellite broadband communications.
The CEO and president of MTN himself, Errol Olivier, presented Hadsall with his award. President Olivier stated that awarding the Lifetime Achievement Award was a way for MTN to celebrate along with the rest of the maritime industry and community. Hadsall, he says, created MTN and, more importantly, the entire maritime VSAT sector in satellite communications. His pioneering technologies matured into satcom solutions that are still used today.
Richard Hadsall was the first to introduce the C-band and Ku-band satellite broadband communications to maritime customers in the 1980s. His innovations provided the basis for current MTN solutions that deliver terrestrial and satellite communications to cruise lines, yachts, commercial oil & gas vessels, and government customers on a global scale.
The MTN satellite Teleport in Holmdel, N.J. was created by a company that Hadsall founded in 1981. The facility served as a communications center for television networks, foreign broadcasters, and heads of the U.S. government, military, and embassies. It was the first Teleport that allowed users to report live global events. Recommended
In addition, Hadsall’s company helped construct the first maritime Ku-band antenna. Installed on the USS Iwo Jima, this satellite antenna enabled the first tactical full motion Ku-Band satellite video broadcast terminal, enabling surveillance and press pool support aboard the U.S. warship during operations the Persian Gulf. He also engineered the first live broadcast from a submarine while it was underwater.
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