Isotropic Systems, a British firm, revealed successful field trials for the flat-panel antenna on November 2 after linking to SES satellites in several orbits for the first time. Isotropic Systems linked with numerous satellites in geostationary as well as medium Earth orbit (MEO) at the very same time, marking the very first-ever demonstration of the multi-orbit connectivity utilizing a multi-link terminal.
SES’s teleport in Manassas, Virginia, hosted the first of a series of effective antenna tests on October 22. The eight-year-old company is also developing a multi-link antenna as well as optical beam-forming technologies to connect with satellites in extremely elliptical and low-Earth orbits at the same time.
It claimed it will continue to test the system’s capabilities before launching it commercially in the mid of 2022. Satellite operators are increasingly diversifying their connection services with spacecraft in numerous orbits, and Isotropic Systems stated it is seeing the demand for the solution that claims performance as well as cost benefits from employing a single antenna across several markets.
In a statement, Isotropic Systems Chief Executive Officer John Finney remarked, “We have eliminated the major bottleneck trying to hold back the expansion of the satellite industry for both defence and commercial communications.” “Users may now connect to as many spacecrafts as they want, whenever they want, and anywhere they want, which is a game-changer for the enterprise, aviation, maritime, government, and defence.”
The successful trials, according to Steve Collar, Chief Executive Officer of the satellite fleet operator SES, pave the way for “a new tier of the multi-orbit service delivery” as the company prepares to integrate its GEO spaceship with O3b mPower, an upgraded broadband constellation that will begin deploying to MEO beginning next year. SES is a shareholder in Isotropic Systems, which just collected $37 million to meet its financial needs as it prepares to go commercial. Investors and customers have contributed over $100 million to Isotropic Systems.
Isotropic Systems is working on the globe’s very first multi-service, fully integrated high-throughput terminals, high-bandwidth, low-power, which will let the satellite industry reach beyond’ established markets and capture new consumers with a full suite of high-throughput services. The company’s team of industry experts and scientists has pioneered several firsts in satellite terminal design, resulting in a line of terminals that can be customized to meet the performance, cost, and power requirements of a wide range of applications – from the most complicated government defence systems as well as mobile backhaul alternatives capable of broadening 5G, to next-gen linked experiences aboard commercial aircraft, offshore rigs, cruise ships, and even small fishing boats at sea. Boeing led the Series A fundraising round for Isotropic Systems, which aims to expand space-based communication.