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Author: Dallas Kasaboski (X)

  • Flat panel antennas have great potential to expand the satcom addressable market but remain one of the least developed aspects of the industry. Despite high demand for low-profile solutions for certain applications, and several hundred million dollars of R&D spent to date without much results, FPAs are still struggling to carve their niche.

    Some verticals, such as commercial aeronautical and government mobility, have developed and are growing, competitive ecosystems for FPAs through…

  • The connected car is one of the most talked about opportunities for satellite-based flat panel antennas, yet it remains elusive and still many years away from being realized. With millions of vehicles entering the market every year, the successful deployment of the connected car via satellite could be very lucrative for FPA manufacturers. However, NSR and others remain quite critical and conservative on its potential, viewing the value chain as fragmented, the use-cases poorly defined,…

  • Scaling Up FPAs

    Mar 14th, 2018 by Dallas Kasaboski   More from this Analyst | Profile

    The satellite communications industry faces a considerable challenge ahead: deploying the ground segment to tap into the huge bandwidth coming from future systems. So much so that many of the discussions at the Satellite 2018 conference underway in Washington, D.C. center on the ground segment with announcements from ViaSat, GetSAT, Kymeta, and other manufacturers. While satellite operators are shifting their focus to LEO constellations, ground equipment vendors are working to develop…