QuadSAT Demonstrates Drone Based Antenna Testing Capabilities for Satellite Operators

QuadSAT, a mobile antenna testing system provider, has been demonstrating its antenna testing solution to satellite operators - SES and Eutelsat. Positive results obtained at a recent supervised testing session were sufficient for SES to consider adopting QuadSAT’s antenna testing product for future commercial antenna qualification activity. 

QuadSAT’s system uses drone technology to test, calibrate and measure the performance of VSAT antennas, specifically Comms-On-The-Move products. The system offers similar capabilities as a traditional antenna test range, and does so autonomously, by generating and receiving test signals in a highly controlled and consistent manner. The result is a portable, cost-effective, and time-efficient method to verify antenna performance.

A series of tests were carried out at A1 Telekom Austria’s Aflenz Teleport, witnessed by SES, Eutelsat, A1 Telekom, and Mike Bartlett (Mik The Dish), an independent antenna verification engineering consultant. The tests included horizontal and elevation off-axis radiation diagrams, cross-pol measurements, and raster scans created using QuadSAT’s system.

This demonstration will make independent antenna verification testing more accessible and cost-effective for antenna manufacturers and service providers. More antenna performance tests will result in better VSAT antenna quality in the industry. Click here to learn more about QuadSAT.