Washington, D.C. – For the second year in a row, components of the Klas Telecom Voyager tactical communications suite have been given the Red Dot international design competition award for product design.

Figure 1 Voyager 8 pictured in rollaway form
Figure 1 Voyager 8 pictured in rollaway form

This year, the prize goes to the Voyager 8 for materials innovation. Klas Telecom’s Voyager 8 is an ultra-portable, low size, weight and power (SWaP), rugged communications system designed to allow rapid deployment of critical data and communications services for military, law enforcement and disaster relief applications. Traditional forward-operating communications packages are large and bulky, but Voyager 8 is different. It is a lightweight, carbon fiber, airline carry-on-size rollaway case.

“One of the focuses in designing the Voyager 8 system was on bringing radically different materials to house solutions for telecommunications technology that needs to survive in the world’s harshest environments,” James Ryan, a consultant from Dolmen Design Firm said. “We played around with many different materials in the process finally selecting carbon fiber for its lightweight durability.”

Figure 2 Network enclaves are independently battery backed, and removable from the Voyager 8 (to form the core of increased capacity network systems) without interrupting operations.
Figure 2 Network enclaves are independently battery backed, and removable from the Voyager 8 (to form the core of increased capacity network systems) without interrupting operations.

“We wanted to design a durable system, but with low SWaP so our customers can deploy communications packages with ease,” Klas Telecom President of Global Innovation Ryan Kendrick said. “Making the Voyager 8 case with carbon fiber and building a streamlined, scalable power system into the chassis enabled us to do that.”

The uniqueness of the Voyager 8 design concept has made it the system of choice for virtually anyone that operates it. Voyager is currently deployed throughout the U.S. Department of Defense, with heavy adoption by the U.S. Special Operations Command (USSOCOM). Many organizations within U.S. law enforcement agencies, international governments, and partner nations have also deployed the system.

For more information on the Klas Telecom Voyager 8, please email [email protected] or view the Voyager 8 product page on Klas Telecom’s website.


About Klas Telecom:

Founded in 1991, Klas Telecom is an engineering and design company with 25 years of experience developing highly capable, lightweight communications solutions for use in austere environments where low size, weight, power and ruggedization are required. With over 80% of the company dedicated to technology development, Klas Telecom is able to stay on the forefront of the remote, network edge communications solutions market. Klas Telecom operates in the U.S. and international defense, first responder, disaster relief, law enforcement and transportation markets. The company employs staff across four offices located in Washington, DC; Herndon, VA; Tampa, FL; and Dublin, Ireland.


About the Red Dot Award:

Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen created the Red Dot Award with around 17,000 entries each year is one of the best-respected design competitions in the world. In 2015, it is celebrating its 60th anniversary: It was in 1955 that a jury convened for the first time to assess the best designs of the day. The sought-after award, the “Red Dot”, is the revered international seal of outstanding design quality. The Red Dot Design Award comprises three disciplines: Product Design, Communications Design, and Design Concept. More information is available at


Carrie Sarver

Klas Telecom

VP of Marketing and Communications


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