Successful Advanced Multi-Orbit Antenna Trials

Separate satellites in different orbits were linked with a single Isotropic Systems multi-link antenna, demonstrating the terminal’s ability to meet rigorous conditions and challenging connectivity demands By DA Staff / 03 Feb 2022
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Isotropic Systems has successfully completed advanced multi-orbit antenna trials with SES Government Solutions at the U.S. Army proving grounds in Aberdeen, Maryland, successfully demonstrating a range of capabilities that will support military and government missions across the globe.

During the milestone multi-orbit trials, separate satellites in different orbits were simultaneously linked with a single Isotropic Systems multi-link antenna, demonstrating the terminal’s capabilities tailored to meet rigorous conditions and challenging connectivity demands across the battlespace.

With this breakthrough from Isotropic Systems, U.S. and NATO forces will for the first time be able to access every bit of satellite capacity across military and commercial satellites from a single antenna, which offers enhanced defense and security capabilities:

  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will be able to connect to the optimal satellites for a variety of surveillance and armed missions
  • Military pilots can link to optimal satellites for ground communications, while aircraft crew can connect to entirely separate satellites at the same time to access superfast broadband for real-time communications with warfighters and central command
  • A broad range of ships and vessels at sea will be able to communicate and connect with troops in the air and on the ground for a seamless mission campaign
  • Should a satellite be disrupted or denied during a conflict, U.S. and NATO forces on the ground will benefit for complete mission assurance with multiple connections to multiple satellites running at the time

As part of the Isotropic Systems multi-link antenna trials, the U.S. Army demonstrated a simultaneous connection in operational conditions as part of the U.S. Air Force’s innovative Defense Experimentation Using Commercial Space Internet (DEUCSI) program. 

The terminal established two live simultaneous, full-performance connections with SES satellites in GEO and MEO, and seamless satellite-to-satellite transitions, providing a leap in wartime communications.

“Our terminal is the first and only U.S. Army-tested antenna capable of multiple simultaneous satellite links, which provides the US military and NATO with the communications capabilities they need for today’s threat environment with disrupted satellites becoming more common,” said John Finney, founder and CEO of Isotropic Systems. “We have proven our optical multi-link antenna technology is fully capable of providing mission-critical, resilient space-based connectivity for the military and across a broad range of vertical markets – from government and enterprise to aero and maritime – as we remain on track for our commercial launch in 2022.”

“These back-to-back breakthrough antenna trials demonstrate how a new generation of terminals, led by Isotropic Systems’ optical multi-link platform, will unleash the full potential of existing and next-gen satellites for mission-critical government and defense missions anywhere,” said Pete Hoene, President and CEO of SES Government Solutions. “The timing of the commercial availability of this new antenna is ideal with the recent launch of our SES-17 GEO satellite and the launch of our new O3b mPOWER MEO system in 2022.”

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