Profitable checks of the Ok / Q band phased array multi-beam antenna
ThinKom Solutions reports that it has successfully conducted wireless testing of a pair of 17-inch active diameter K / Q band phased array antennas communicating through an Advanced Extremely High Frequency (AEHF) satellite. The company says the tests have confirmed that the antenna, based on ThinKom’s Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) architecture, “meets or exceeds” all performance metrics to effectively handle the frequency hopping waveform of the AEHF protected communications satellite network to work.
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The evaluation tested a wide range of uplink and downlink communication plans and modes on an operational K / Q band satellite using full “GHz” bandwidths of 1 GHz and 2 GHz. According to ThinKom, the VICTS antennas have successfully captured, tracked, registered and connected downlink and uplink services in all cases at elevation angles of 24 to 73 °.
“The stabilized beam of the VICTS antenna makes ‘de-hopping’ superfluous and requires significantly less processing power than electronically controlled antennas. Since VICTS is the only phased array technology that can work with very common waveforms, it is uniquely usable for new communications waveforms such as the Protected Tactical Waveform, ”said Bill Milroy, Chairman and CTO of ThinKom Solutions.
VICTS flat panel phased array compliant antennas can be cavity mounted on a variety of aero, marine, and landmobile platforms, according to Milroy. HE adds that the constellation of six AEHF satellites provides secure, viable, interference-resistant and near-global satellite communications for sea, ground and air cargo in the United States.