US military to evaluate Kymeta flat satellite antennas for mobile connectivity
Kymeta’s u8 flat antennas use electronic beam steering technology to communicate with satellites and cellular networks.
WASHINGTON – Kymeta’s flat-screen satellite antennas will be among the products the U.S. military will be evaluating for future use in its communications networks, the company said on June 22.
Eight Kymeta u8 flat screen satellite antennas will be installed on military vehicles and tested as part of an army pilot program. The goal is to identify the communications equipment needed to provide connectivity to an armored brigade on the move.
The Army’s 3rd Infantry Division 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, based in Fort Stewart, Ga., Was selected in November 2020 to assist the military in informing the network design for armored formations. .
The brigade will test communications equipment and provide performance feedback. Exercises at Fort Stewart are scheduled to begin in October.
The military is interested in the use of commercial satellite technologies for mobile command and control, video and data communications.
Kymeta’s u8 flat antennas use electronic beam steering technology to communicate with satellites and cellular networks. The military also plans to assess the terminals of isotropic systems.
The Army has sought for years to modernize its command operations centers that communicate with geostationary satellites using large parabolas mounted on non-moving trailers. He now wants to take advantage of broadband systems in low Earth orbit and smaller, flexible antennas.
Kymeta, based in Redmond, Wash., Said the u8 terminals support both low earth orbit and geostationary satellite constellations. The company plans to upgrade them in the future to automatically switch from linearly polarized GEO satellite constellations to circularly polarized LEO constellations.
General Dynamics Mission Systems will serve as a technology integrator for the Army pilot program. Testing is expected to take place from October to December, culminating in a brigade-level exercise.