Isotropic Systems is licensing its next gen antenna tech

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Leading developer of transformational broadband terminal technologies, Isotropic Systems, has this week announced that it is licensing the patented core components of its multibeam antennas. This will allow third parties to create innovative customized designs, new certifications and deployments of next-gen terminals on aircraft around the world.

Isotropic Systems is licensing its patented opitical multi-beam technology for the development of next-generation aero antennas1
Isotropic Systems is licensing its patented optical multi-beam technology for the development of next-generation aero antennas. Photo: Isotropic Systems

John Finney, Isotropic Systems Founder and CEO, commented on the news, saying,

“Our optical multi-beam antennas provide customized high-performance connectivity seamlessly across multiple satellites and orbits at low power consumption, which delivers big advantages over single beam antennas to both commercial and government aircraft operators – from airlines to UAVs and every form of aircraft in between.

“Isotropic Systems’ optical lens modules can be conformed to the size and shape of the fuselage or radome for a tailored low-profile solution that meets the requirements that government and commercial markets value the most as they look to unleash a new level of capabilities from their inflight connectivity (IFC) systems.”

Discussions underway

Collaborative licensing discussions are already underway, the company says. Already, a number of aircraft manufacturers, systems integrators and terminal developers are undertaking a review of the groundbreaking optical beam forming lens modules and chipsets on offer from Isotropic.

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The company says that this development could usher in a new era of inflight connectivity. The terminal platform is fully customizable to the size of the plane and the mission it is designed to operate. It is capable of conforming to the radome or the fuselage, and provides a make before break connection for superior performance throughout the path of a commercial flight.

Inmarsat GX
The make before break technology ensures high performance throughout the flight. Image: Inmarsat

Christopher Baugh, President of Northern Sky Research (NSR), a leader in satcoms research and producer of the Aeronautical Satcom Markets report, explained the need for inflight connectivity such as this, saying,

“More than five billion people will fly this year with their smart phones in hand and growing expectations for a connected travel experience like the one they enjoy on the ground. Terminal advancements made in 2020 will play a pivotal role in bringing new LEO and MEO high throughput satellite capacity to the aero market, bringing long-awaited IFC expectations more closely in line with the technical realities and capabilities aboard commercial, business and government aircraft.”

Commercial launch to coincide with LEO and MEO HTPS

Although there’s still some work to do, licensees of Isotropic Systems’ antenna technologies will be racing to be the first with a next gen solution. Isotropic says that the integration of patented lens modules and chipsets into terminal platforms are likely to be developed throughout the year. As such, the company estimates that the commercial launch timeframe will be somewhere in the region of 2021 to 2022.

Starlink satellites
Launch will line up nicely with LEO networks coming online. Photo: SpaceX

The projected commercial launch date slots in nicely with the anticipated alignment of the new HTP LEO and MEO constellations, expected to begin service in 2022.

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