Kymeta, a manufacturer of antennas, and OneWeb announced a collaboration on December 1 to create a flat panel, electronically guided user terminal for the stationary land applications over OneWeb’s low Earth orbit (LEO) broadband network. This antenna will be centered on Kymeta’s u8 terminal, which went on sale in November 2020 and is going to be available for purchase in the 3rd quarter of 2022, according to the company.
Kymeta’s next-generation technologies are created for mobility and are tailored to the needs of international defense agencies, first responders, government agencies, and commercial customers. Kymeta’s services and products have been in the field for three years, and demand for Kymeta u8 presales has by now outstripped expectations. With the launch of Kymeta u8, business has dramatically enhanced antenna throughput while also lowering total cost of ownership. Kymeta’s new products and services provide a breakthrough in terms of performance, convenience of use, and pricing, and the company expects that these solutions will strengthen its position in commercial as well as government markets, giving it a leg up on competitors.
“When combined with our LEO network, Kymeta’s pioneering u8 will give governments, enterprises, and communities with low-latency communication and high-throughput services at cheap pricing,” said Michele Franci, OneWeb’s head of delivery and operations.
Kymeta’s JDA (joint development agreement) with OneWeb creates the way for terminals for the mobility applications on land as well as at sea, according to the company. Engineers from both firms are working on making the new terminal suitable with satellites in the geostationary orbit (GEO), in addition to the link to OneWeb in LEO.
With the United States Army in November, Intelsat and OneWeb demonstrated integrated LEO and GEO broadband services on u8 as well as other terminals. In a demo, Intelsat and OneWeb used satellites in the low Earth orbit and geostationary orbit to deliver broadband internet connectivity to U.S. Army users.
The event at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland was intended to demonstrate to prospective Army customers that satellite communications from GEO and LEO are not mutually exclusive and can be smoothly integrated.
OneWeb is collaborating with a number of antenna manufacturers, notably Intellian Technologies and Collins Aerospace, a Raytheon Technologies subsidiary. LEO operator is also looking into forming a partnership with Hanwha, a South Korean conglomerate that has invested in the OneWeb firm. Following its most recent launch on October 14, OneWeb now has 358 satellites in its constellation, out of a total of 648 anticipated.
The company plans to launch commercial services in upper Northern Hemisphere this month as well as launch the remaining 290 satellites to enable worldwide connectivity services by the end of 2022.