ThinKom, COMSAT and Newtec complete tests with Avanti comms satellite

ThinKom, COMSAT and Newtec complete tests with Avanti comms satellite

Stephen Kuper

ThinKom Solutions has announced the the completion of successful live demo tests of its ThinAir Ka2517 antenna with Newtec next-generation satellite modems over Avanti’s HYLAS 4 satellite.

ThinKom confirmed that the on-air tests achieved data rates up to 260 Mbps downlink and 50 Mbps uplink error-free at elevation angles from 27 to 57 degrees.

The tests were conducted 1-2 May at Herndon, Virginia as a collaborative effort by ThinKom, Newtec, COMSAT and Avanti. ThinKom’s phased-array antenna was integrated with Newtec’s MDM6000 modems operating in SCPC mode to Avanti’s Gateway Earth Station in Cyprus.

The communication link was co-ordinated and overseen by COMSAT using one of Avanti’s high-throughput steerable beams operating off its HYLAS 4 geostationary satellite. COMSAT can offer direct downlink from European and African theaters by way of the Avanti anchor beam to the US east coast in either commercial or military Ka-band frequencies.

Bill Milroy, chief technology officer, ThinKom Solutions, said, "The high throughput rates over Avanti’s network exceeded those we have previously achieved with the Ka2517 and Newtec’s modem technology. The combination of our proven compact phased-array design with Newtec’s modems and Avanti’s high-throughput Ka-band satellites provides a capability that significantly outperforms other flat-panel products."

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The Ka2517 antennas are available in both military and commercial Ka-band variants and are in production with units in active service aboard several US government aircraft.

ThinKom Solutions is a leading provider of innovative, highly affordable, compact broadband antennas and products for aeronautical, vehicular, user terminal, gateway, satellite and man-portable applications. The company’s primary products uniquely enable near-term worldwide availability of high-data-rate connectivity in the X-, Ku-, Ka- and Q-bands.

Newtec specialises in designing, developing and manufacturing equipment and technologies for satellite communications. Newtec’s products and technologies can be applied in a wide range of single and multiservice applications from DTH broadcasting, video contribution and distribution and disaster recovery and backbones for cellular backhauling, to small and medium enterprises, SCADA and oil and gas networks, aircraft and vessels.

COMSAT is a leading operator of customised, secure end-to-end satellite communications services. COMSAT delivers a full portfolio of fixed satellite solutions (C-band, Ku-band, Ka-band, X-band and UHF) and mobile satellite solutions (Inmarsat, Thuraya and Iridium) to aeronautical, land-mobile and maritime users in multiple markets, including US government and military, global governments, educational institutions and commercial maritime. 

Through the HYLAS satellite fleet and partners in 118 countries, Avanti’s network provides ubiquitous internet service to an end market of over 1.7 billion people.

Avanti works together with like-minded people and organisations to go the extra mile, developing new, innovative and pioneering satellite solutions that help to liberate the potential of people, businesses and government departments across EMEA.

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