General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies has entered into an agreement with O3b Networks of the UK to produce Ka-Band tracking antennas designed specifically for the O3b Medium Earth Orbit satellite constellation.
O3b Networks, headquartered in St. John, Jersey, Channel Islands, is building a new fiber-quality, satellite-based, global Internet backbone for telecommunications operators and Internet service providers in emerging markets. The network will allow billions of consumers and businesses in 177 countries to benefit from high-speed Internet connectivity for educational, medical and commercial applications.
Under the agreement, SATCOM Technologies will produce 1.8m and 2.4m Ka-band tracking antennas that have been designed to provide a reliable, trouble free solution for the O3b customer terminal installations. Each customer terminal installation is comprised of a pair of tracking antennas under the control of a dedicated antenna control unit. The O3b service is maintained by the antenna pair acquiring and tracking alternate satellites in the O3b constellation. The new terminals support a range of Ka-band amplifiers ranging in output from 5 to 40 watts.
Brad Majeres, General Manager, Products, for SATCOM Technologies, said "SATCOM Technologies is very pleased to have been selected by O3b Networks for the supply of Tier II Terminals for this unique and innovative network. These terminals are robust and reliable systems that feature dual apertures and an integrated control system for use with tracking the equatorial Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites that make the O3b Network such a powerful offering in the industry."
Jay Bloom, Senior Vice President, Ground Systems, O3b Networks, added "O3b is extremely excited about having General Dynamics as a member of our team. As the most trusted supplier of VSAT and tracked antennas in the world, General Dynamics is well positioned to provide highest quality equipment to enable our customers' networks."