Isotropic Completes Testing of its First Ka-band Optical Lenses for SATCOM

Isotropic Systems, the next-generation integrated satellite terminal solution provider, has announced that it has successfully completed validation testing of its Ka-band optical devices. After previously completing successful testing of its Ku-band solution demonstrating electronic beamforming as an array, Isotropic has quickly moved to qualify its performance in the Ka-band. As a result, Isotropic has begun full array beamforming tests for subsequent delivery of first-generation Ka-band products planned for 2021 to strategic customers such as SES and Inmarsat

Isotropic Systems’ patented technology will produce products for mass, enterprise, mobility, telco and mobile operator markets. The low-profile and fully integrated terminals will be priced meaningfully lower than existing mechanically gimbaled dishes, yet offer performance vastly superior to existing phased arrays and flat panel antennas.

Isotropic enables a completely new approach to how the satellite industry can make use of the enormous amounts of HTS (High Throughput Satellites) and NGSO (non-geostationary satellite orbit) capacity coming online. By leveraging the capability of the technology, first physical Ka-band prototype lenses match exactly with the design expectations, removing the need to do numerous fabrication cycles to tune the process. 

Isotropic Systems has previously announced key partner-customers, including SES Networks and Inmarsat among them. SES Networks selected Isotropic Systems to develop its optical beamforming antenna technology to deliver cost-effective high-performance capacity via SES’ O3b mPOWER constellation whereas Inmarsat plans to expand its service offering via its Global Xpress network taking full advantage of the Isotropic approach. 

As frequency bands and constellations proliferate, Isotropic Systems’ technology meets the need for multiple independent beams, massive instantaneous bandwidth, as well as significantly lower pricing and power consumption. Isotropic’s technology will also provide the capability to maintain two simultaneous satellite links for critical handovers across the network. 

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