ThinKom brings its aero phased-array antenna to the ground, starting with S-/X-band Earth observation

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — With 1,300 commercial aircraft flying its phased array antennas, mainly with Gogo, and 100-plus land-mobile installations as well, ThinKom Solutions Inc. is now looking at applying the same basic technology for fixed Earth stations taking down Earth observation constellation data.

The idea: Use flat panel phased arrays in groups, an “array of arrays,” to enable Earth stations to link quickly from one satellite to another in ways that parabolic arrays cannot, while dispensing with the investment in large, heavy installations.

Dispensing . . .

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