Phasor & Thales Alenia Space Team Up to Develop Smart Terminal for Ka-Band SATCOM

Smart Antenna

Phasor and Thales Alenia Space (TAS) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the development of a software-defined, smart terminal for commercial Ka satellite communications.

The companies will join forces to leverage Phasor’s unique knowledge in the field of electronically steerable antennas (ESAs), and Thales Alenia Space’s extensive experience in satellite broadband technology across Geostationary, Medium and Low Earth Orbits (GEO, MEO and LEO).

Thales Alenia Space has carried out extensive market and technical research on new flat-panel and electronically steered antenna technologies. They found that Phasor offers a uniquely powerful, scalable and adaptable technology that is very well suited to their needs, and the needs of their customers for enterprise-grade networks.

Phasor’s low profile, electronically steerable antenna (ESA) provides high-bandwidth service in a more reliable, robust and failure-tolerant way. The antenna is solid-state, with no moving parts, so satellite signals are tracked electronically. The ESA can be flat or conformal in design and can be fitted more seamlessly to moving vehicles, whether that is an aircraft fuselage, a cruise-ship or a high-speed train. The same technology is very well suited to support traditional fixed satellite networks (FSS), HTS and Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) satellite networks. Moreover, the antenna’s modular architecture allows the system to be scaled to any use-case requirement, fixed or mobile.