TeleCommunication Systems has introduced a new tracking antenna system intended for low-Earth orbit and medium-Earth orbit satellite missions.
The deployable X/Y antenna system is built to support Earth observation, remote sensing, telemetry, tracking and control operations for tactical applications, TCS said Monday.
Michael Bristol, TCS government solutions group president, said the company incorporated lessons learned from TCS' SNAP deployable very small aperture terminals to develop the new antenna.
“The use of LEO/MEO small satellite is growing rapidly for both commercial and military applications,“ added Bristol.
The X/Y antenna system sports a 1.8-meter parabolic carbon petal reflector, provides single and multiband frequency feeds from L-band through Ku-band, and features a self-leveling pedestal and differential global positioning system.
The system is divided into two-man lift transit cases for light carriage on commercial aircraft.