Atlas House Operations completes checks on the phased array antenna system
Atlas Space Operations The phased array antenna system recently completed late-stage testing and solidified it as a new multi-band / multi-mission antenna system (MBMM), the company reported Dec. 17 US Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC) and in partnership with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU).
According to Atlas, the engineers used coherent beamforming to accept signals from multiple satellites on an array, allowing for more efficient satellite communications in a smaller package. The team has automatically tracked both LEO (Low-Earth Orbit) and GEO (Geostationary Orbit) satellites using multiple simultaneous contacts. Atlas reports that there is no limit to the circumference the antenna can reach due to the coherent beamforming. This is what calls this development an industry first.
“As satellites expand, the antennas that support the data transmission process need to be upgraded,” said Ed McCarty, Atlas vice president (VP) of global sales. “Our team took all of these requirements – security, multiple simultaneous contacts, and scalability – into account when building this new phased array antenna feature.”