OneWeb’s antenna supplier in South Korea expanding production to meet growing demand for LEO broadband terminals
OneWeb supplier Intellian Technologies says it will begin building a second manufacturing plant in October to keep up with growing demand for LEO broadband user terminals. The new plant is expected to open in May.
Amazon has tested what it describes as a low-cost flat-panel antenna for use with its Project Kuiper constellation, an innovation that could be essential to the long-term success of satellite broadband.
NXT Communications Corp. (NXTCOMM) announced plans Oct. 28 to begin demonstrating the performance of its electronically steered antenna through leased capacity on a Eutelsat Communications satellite.
The U.S. Space Force's vision for modernized ground stations includes a mix of new phased array antennas, commercial services and borrowing capacity from other U.S. government agencies.
QuadSAT raised 2 million euros ($2.35 million) it says will help fuel its pivot from service provider to a seller of drones and software that satellite antenna makers and their customers can use as a cost-effective testing and calibration solution.
Redmond, Washington-based Kymeta will use its new funding to complete development of its second-generation flat-panel antenna, the u8, ahead of a release late this year, Walter Berger, president and chief operating officer of Kymeta, said in an interview.
Kymeta Corp. announced the acquisition Aug. 18 of Lepton Global Solutions LLC, a Virginia-based satellite services specialist. Under the terms of the deal, Lepton Global Solutions will become a wholly owned Kymeta subsidiary.
CPI had to sell off its subsidiary ASC Signal as part of an agreement with DOJ to acquire GD's satcom antenna business.
Phasor Solutions, a company that ran out of cash trying to develop a phased array antenna for satellite communications, was purchased by Hanwha Systems, a South Korean defense company.
For the merger to go forward CPI must sell off its subsidiary ASC Signal Division.
Executives from SpaceX and OneWeb say their companies are working intensely on user terminals so customers will be able to get internet connectivity from their respective low Earth orbit constellations.
Dutch conglomerate Celestia Technologies Group hopes to provide more satellite gateway stations following its December acquisition of Antwerp Space’s ground systems division in Belgium.
GD is selling SATCOM Technologies to "better align its business efforts in core areas."
Ground stations in Ohio and Oregon mark the first two of a planned 12 stations spread out globally to enable communication with satellites, allowing operators to downlink data such as imagery and weather. The stations also enable operators to control their satellites.
Telesat wants a factory capable of building 20 to 25 large LEO satellites a month so that it can have monthly launches. The company is also working with several antenna builders to have user terminals ready for broadband services.
Lockheed Martin’s Verge ground station network should have coverage for satellites passing over the continental United States next year, with the timeline for a global build out determined by what antenna technology the company chooses next.
The target market for the phased array antenna are militarized Boeing jets like the Navy’s P-8 surveillance aircraft and the KC-46 aerial refueling tanker.
Rajanik Mark, Satixfy’s chief operating officer, said the company has created its own chipsets that it can build in-house to bring down the cost of antenna modules that are built into full user terminals.