SES Networks selects Viasat phased array flat panel antenna

March 08, 2018 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Viasat has announced that its solid-state, fully-electronic phased array flat panel antenna has been selected by SES Networks for the O3b mPOWER satellite communications (satcom) system.

The Viasat flat panel antenna will be used for a new generation of customer edge terminals for multiple applications on the O3b network.

Viasat's flat panel antenna technology leverages years of commercial innovation and research and development (R&D) investment. For fixed and mobile broadband terminals, the flat panel antenna is compact, lightweight, scalable and customizable – enabling SES Networks to target various types of users with different broadband connectivity needs.

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Viasat's fully-electronic flat panel antenna has the ability to dynamically steer beams—without any moving parts—and rapidly follow a satellite's position, allowing seamless handover between satellites in a non-Geostationary Satellite Orbit (NGSO) constellation. The antenna also features advancements in spectrum usage; dynamic interference mitigation to and from other satellites; enhanced processing power; and the ability to perform on-the-fly reconfiguration of antenna characteristics to enable end-terminals to support and communicate within a hybrid satcom system of NGSO and Geostationary Satellite (GEO) systems.

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