Isotropic Programs, SES full part 1 antenna terminal testing with the US navy
Isotrope Systems and SES Government Solutions have completed the first of a two-phase test program designed to assess the ability of a multi-beam antenna to give combat aircraft access to real-time data from multiple military and commercial satellites.
Isotrop and SES GS are conducting the initial stages of trials with the US Air Force and US Army in the US and UK as part of the Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet program, the companies said in a joint statement released Thursday.
During the initial test phase, the companies demonstrated the ability of Isotrop Systems ‘multi-beam optical antenna to track SES’ O3b satellites in mid-earth orbit. They were also able to demonstrate the transformation optics in the core of the beamforming terminal.
The second phase of the DEUCSI tests examines the antenna’s ability to connect to SES satellites in both MEO and geostationary orbits. These tests are expected to be completed in 2021.
“The armed forces and defense are incredibly good at getting actionable information, but they run into bottlenecks trying to distribute this mission-critical data across single-beam satellite dishes and other legacy infrastructure,” said Scott Sprague, chief commercial officer, Isotrop Systems .
Sprague added the milestone trials with the Air Force and Army to demonstrate the company’s antenna platform’s ability to provide multi-orbit connectivity to support troops in the battlefield and decision-makers across government.
Pete Hoene, president and CEO of SES Government Solutions and retired brigadier general of the Air Force, said attempting to collaborate with the U.S. military is critical as the company focuses on the launch of its SES-17 satellite and O3b mPOWER -Constellation prepared in 2021.
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