Swedish house actors are working collectively on the LEO antenna challenge

Photo: Forsway

Sweden has announced details of the launch of a low-cost, next-generation Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) terminal. A collaboration with Satcube along with Chalmers University of Technology, Gapwaves, and Forsway Scandinavia has received a development grant of US $ 470,000 (4 million crowns) from the Swedish Public Innovation Agency, Vinnova.

The grant hires a group to develop this low-cost, next-generation LEO satellite terminal as part of Vinnova’s research and innovation projects for electronic components and systems in 2021.

The primary focus will be on developing a benchmark planar Ka-band antenna array, evaluating features such as electronic / mechanical beam steering, gap waveguide technology, and receive-only architecture. With so much emphasis on ground technology now, especially as these new constellations take shape, the group will seek to develop a terminal that is economically feasible for the mass market in rural areas.

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