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Intelsat, Kymeta partner on small antennas for DoD coms

17 March 2017

Intelsat is introducing two small, flat-panel antennas that automatically lock onto satellites to support US Department of Defense (DoD) communications.

The mTenna developed by Kymeta is a metamaterial, electrically scanned, satellite antenna intended for government maritime applications that require a low-profile antenna. Kymeta's mTenna 70 cm variant will enter production in 2017.

"With the 70 cm antenna you can get high data rates. These are applications where [government customers] are looking to get 8-10 megabits per second off of [vessels], which is significant," Mark Daniels, vice-president of new technology and service for Intelsat General told Jane's on 9 March 2017.

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