Phasor to Develop Next-Gen Radome for Electronically Steerable Antennas

Phasor, a company that specializes in high-bandwidth, communications-on-the-move is working with DSM to develop a unique protective cover (radome) made with Dyneema for phased array, electronically steerable antennas (ESAs). Dyneema is the world's strongest fiber, it is respected as the premium brand for Ultra-High Molecular Weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE). Radomes made with Dyneema feature exceptional properties designed to achieve optimal performance across all satellite mobility use-cases.

Radomes are essential to shield satellite communications antennas from adverse weather and harsh conditions but are often bulky, heavy, difficult to manage, and can reduce an antenna’s efficiency. These two companies are working together under a long-term agreement to leverage Phasor’s unique knowledge in the field of electronically steerable antennas, and DSM’s extensive experience with advanced Ultra High Molecular Weight PolyEthylene (UHMWPE materials) for use in RF applications.

With near-zero signal loss, Dyneema Crystal technology helps Phasor optimize it’s powerful new ESA for aeronautical, maritime and land-mobile applications. In addition to the material’s electromagnetic transparency, Phasor chose Dyneema for its superior protection of sensitive equipment in harsh outdoor environments and its extreme light weight which is critical for commercial mobility applications.

Phasor’s very 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, including 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), High Throughput Satellites (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.