U.S. Military Evaluates Kymeta’s Flat Satellite tv for pc Antennas for Cellular Connectivity
Kymeta’s antennas use electronic beam steering technology to communicate with satellites and cellular networks
WASHINGTON – Kymeta’s flat panel satellite antennas will be one of the products the US Army will evaluate for future use in its communications networks, the company announced on June 22nd.
Eight Kymeta u8 flat screen satellite antennas will be installed in military vehicles and tested as part of an army pilot program. The aim is to identify communication devices that are required for connectivity to an armored brigade while driving.
The 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team of the Army’s 3rd Infantry Division, based in Fort Stewart, Georgia, was selected in November 2020 to assist the Army with information on network design for tank formations.
The brigade will put the communication devices through their paces and provide feedback on performance. The exercises at Fort Stewart are scheduled to begin in October.
The army is interested in using commercial Satcom technologies for mobile command and control, video and data communication.
Kymeta’s u8 flat antennas use electronic beam steering technology to communicate with satellites and cellular networks. The Army also plans to evaluate Isotrop Systems terminals.
The Army has tried for years to modernize their command centers that communicate with geostationary satellites by using large dishes mounted on trailers that are not mobile. She now wants to use broadband systems with low orbit and smaller, flexible antennas.
Kymeta, based in Redmond, Wash., Said the u8 terminals support both low earth orbits and geostationary satellite constellations. The company plans to upgrade them in the future to automatically switch between GEO satellite constellations with linear polarization and LEO constellations with circular polarization.
General Dynamics Mission Systems will serve as the technology integrator for the Army’s pilot program. The tests are scheduled to take place from October to December and culminate in a brigade-level exercise.