Phasor steerable antenna one step closer to market

Phasor’s enterprise-grade electronically steered antenna is one step closer to market having achieved the ISO 9001 certification. This certification is essential in terms of quality management systems, and signifies the effective operation of Phasors team and their ability to focus on customer requirements.

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The Phasor ESA. Photo: Phasor

Mike Warren, Senior Vice President, Operations at Phasor, said of the certification in their press release,

“The ISO 9001 certification is great news for Phasor. It means that we are maturing as a company and moving closer to the commercialization and release of our products. The processes and procedures that we have implemented, and that have been audited and approved by BSI, will help us to manage our business better and to demonstrate to our customers that we can support them as they, and Phasor, grows.”

Overall, the certification process has taken the company six months to achieve. It marks a milestone in the development of the product, bringing it a step closer to deployment in the marketplace.

The Phasor antenna

Phasor’s ESA is based on a number of innovative and patented dynamic beamforming technologies and unique system architecture, which allow the product to be very low profile in comparison to its competitors. Using a phased array, beam steering can be achieved in an almost flat antenna, allowing stronger and better connections to be formed without the need for bulky equipment.

A Phasor antenna uses a number of small repeated modules, which can be combined to create a larger antenna suitable for the performance required. Each module consists of just two PCBs, with the antenna array on the front and Phasor’s patented ASIC microchip on the back. A second back board supplies power, control and communication for the system. All of this is stacked up to make a unit which is less than one inch tall.

Equally interesting is the conformable nature of the technology. The modules can be shaped to fit any curved surface, creating flexibility in installation not often seen in aviation antennas. The module can be fitted snugly to the fuselage of any shaped aircraft, creating a drag-free alternative to a bulky raydome.

In terms of connectivity, the antenna is modular in design. Customers will be able to scale up the technology as they wish to create an array that gives the connection data rate they desire. The ESA is designed to support traditional fixed satellite networks (FSS), High Throughput Satellites (HTS), and Non-Geosynchronous (NGSO) satellite networks on land, sea and in the air.

When will we see the Phasor antenna rolled out?

Although the technology is yet to be brought to market, it is moving forward at quite the pace. This latest certification is a firm rung on the ladder in product development and follows on from their achievement of initial core technology performance objectives. The company has also achieved successful LEO tests last autumn. The next stage is to move on to the productization phase.

Speaking to Runway Girl Network last month, Phasor CEO Dave Helfgott said,

“We’re still projecting to come in at the back end of 2020 or early in 2021,”

He added that there were still some question marks over the FAA certification of the technology, and how long that whole process would take.

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