C-COM Phased Array Antenna Achieves Significant Step Towards Commercialization
C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. has announced that its electronically steerable phased array antenna has passed another milestone test, delivering good results at different scanned angles over the Telesat Anik F3 satellite.
"Our 1024-element electronically steerable Ka-band, prototype Phased Array Mobile Antenna, performed as expected during scanned angle testing," said Bilal Awada, CTO of C-COM Satellite Systems Inc. "We were able to perform speed tests over satellite for scanned angles down to 50 degrees from vertical (antenna boresight)," added Awada.
"Measured over-the-air scan results are inline with theoretical numbers from our simulation model and this again validates the high performance of the compact, scalable antenna modules and overall system architecture for larger panels," said Professor Ali Safavi-Naeini, Director of CIARS (Centre for Intelligent Antenna and Radio Systems) at the University of Waterloo.
"The modular, intelligent technology platform provides a cost-effective solution for a wide range of applications-from fixed to mobility satellite broadband services, and for the rapidly emerging millimeter-wave 5G cellular services," he added.
The company will continue to move forward and will conduct additional tests to verify the performance of the antenna over several different satellites, including GEO/LEO constellations, and to confirm mobility and interoperability of the new design.
This advanced phased array Ka-band antenna is expected to open new mobile vertical markets (land, marine, aero) for the company.