SpaceX and OneWeb, two companies building thousands of satellites for broadband services, both expect to connect billions of the world's least-served to the internet. The two most prominent developers of electronically steered antennas don’t share that aspiration, however.
Alcan Systems, whose name stands for “Adaptive Liquid Crystal ANtenna,” is designing phased array antennas to be priced below 10,000 euros for enterprise-grade units and under 1,000 euros for consumer models.
An anticipated growth in commercial and government demand for small satellite antennas means more competitors are breaking into the market.
Satellite antenna startup Phasor Solutions has completed full system testing of its electronically steered, phased-array antenna, and is now preparing for commercial release next year.
Aircraft manufacturer Airbus is considering ways to add multiple antennas to planes in order to let different satellite inflight connectivity providers serve the same aircraft simultaneously.
Harris Corp. on May 3 said it has successfully tested a software patch that will upgrade thousands of U.S. military tactical radio terminals to use the higher-throughput MUOS satellite system.