Intelsat and Phasor collaborate on Ku-band for small aircraft


March 16 2015 – Satellite services provider Intelsat has signed an agreement to co-design and produce an ultra-thin, active phased array, Ku-band satellite antenna solution with Phasor, a developer of high throughput, modular, electronically steerable antennas (ESAs).

The antennas will be developed exclusively for Intelsat and optimized for the Intelsat EpicNG high throughput satellite (HTS) platform, the first satellite of which is expected to launch in the first quarter of 2016. This deal also marks the first cost-effective fuselage-mount Ku-band antenna suitable for installation on civil and government small-jets (a sector expected to grow from 18,400 jets in 2013 to 26,200 in 2023, according to recent research by EuroConsult.

When used in conjunction with Intelsat EpicNG Ku-band satellites, the companies expect the Phasor antenna technology to enable broadband speeds to small jets of over 15Mbit/s to the aircraft and 5 Mbit/s from the aircraft.

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