Satcom Future Hinges on Electronically-Steered FPAs

When the term “flat panel antenna” (FPA) is mentioned, most envision a completely flat, non-moving piece of communications technology. These systems, specifically electronically-steered antennas (ESAs), capable of faster tracking and pointing than parabolic ones, are seen as an impending necessity for satcom, especially given the soon-to-be full skies of LEO constellations. Interest and development in.

FPAs: From a Niche to a Necessity

For years, the emerging nature of FPA technology has long maintained price and performance as the main market obstacles. Compared with parabolic systems, flat panel antennas were not seen as viable, except in environments requiring a low-profile solution.

ViaSatellite: NSR Reviews 2019: The Year Ahead

Viasat collects some thoughts from a cross section of NSR in this article, including OneWeb Finally Launches, Satellite 5G Progress, C-Band Spectrum Decisions, Pricing Freefall, Financials in Focus, Smallsats Take Center Stage, Falcon Heavy Enters the Scene, and Still Waiting for Flat Panel Antennas.