Antenna Innovations: The Next Generation
Thursday, 30 March 2023
3:00 pm UK time / 10:00 am US Eastern time
Over recent years, innovations in satellite ground terminal antennas have had various drivers. Developments in space such as HTS in GEO and emergence of satellites in MEO and LEO have led to some innovations while other innovations have been driven by demand for multi-band/multi-frequency antennas and antennas able to provide satcoms-on-the-move solutions. Even more innovations have been driven by demand for ease of installation, link budget efficiency, space and weight saving designs, and, not least, lower cost.
The antenna environment is one of many technology types, labelled with various acronyms and abbreviations. For example: the parabolic antenna, sometimes with complex gimbal mounts; the generically termed Flat Panel Antenna (or FPA), which has long offered a niche, but until recently very expensive, alternative to parabolic antennas; the Electronically Steered Antenna (ESA), the Passive Electronically Scanned Array (PESA), and the Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) which can radiate multiple beams of radio waves in different directions, at multiple frequencies, at the same time.
This highly dynamic segment of the satcoms sector will be explored by this panel of industry experts who will unravel its current complexities and explain the likely direction of the next and future antenna generations.