Harris Corporation premiered its unfurlable, high frequency Ka-Band space antenna at this week's National Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colo.
Designed for both government and commercial customers, the new antenna uses additional spot beams to increase data rates to accommodate satellite Internet, HDTV, 3D TV and heavy data flows.
“This new Ka-band product is a natural extension of our existing offerings for larger apertures, and continues our 35-year legacy of providing high-performance antenna solutions with unmatched performance,” said Sheldon Fox, group president for Harris Government Communications Systems. “The Harris solution supports the ever-increasing global demand for higher bandwidth capacity.”
The antenna reaches orbit onboard a satellite, where an articulating boom is deployed and the reflector unfurls. Unfurled, the Ka-Band antenna varies in size from 3.5 meters to 8 meters in diameter, boasting Harris's radial rib structure reflector design.
Harris offers a selection of UHF band through Ka-band reflectors, 5 meters to 22 meters in diameter. The company currently has more than 50 reflectors operating.