Airframes and Flat Panel Antennas Match

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With huge capital expenses for High Throughput Satellite (HTS) infrastructure and services made by satellite operators, industry focus now shifts to maximizing the returns on these investments. As 24/7 connectivity becomes a necessity rather than a luxury, the need for lightweight, low-cost, and high performance satellite terminals has driven the evolution of ground segment equipment, for which flat panel antennas (FPAs) have emerged as the most popular innovation in recent years.

The limited speed and large size of mechanically-steered and the 1st generation of electronically-steered flat panel antennas drew many to wonder if the Holy Grail of the satellite world – a cost-competitive, electronically-steered flat panel antennas with an ultra-low profile- would ever be within reach. But the journey to this goal has been a long, difficult one because of the many desired features of such a product as depicted in the figure below.

NSR has often noted the tremendous increase in satellite mobility bandwidth demand has driven many operators to add new HTS systems and constellations to meet this demand. But at the same time, the industry metric has put more emphasis on cost-efficiencies, which is where NSR expects flat panel antennas (FPAs) to play a key role in this transformation. As service providers look to provide more bandwidth at lower cost to end-users, falling capacity prices, next generation modems with beam switching capabilities, and better software are icing on the cake of the HTS capacity onslaught, in which FPAs are a perfect fit.

In NSR’s recently released Flat Panel Satellite Analysis report, both the mobility and fixed satellite side of the business were analyzed, and commercial aeronautical connectivity was observed on top as the biggest driver and revenue generator for FPAs. Indeed, a low-profile antenna is a necessity for lower drag…...

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