SAN FRANCISCO – The U.S. Army plans to evaluate the performance of Isotropic Systems optical beam-forming antennas for sending communications through the SES satellites in geostationary and medium Earth orbit, under a contract of undisclosed value announced Sept. 24.
The contract was awarded by the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory to SES Government Solutions of Reston, Virginia, a subsidiary of Luxembourg-based satellite fleet operator SES, and to Isotropic Systems, a firm based in Reading, United Kingdom, with a U.S. business unit in Reston, Virginia.
The U.S. Army evaluation is the first contract award for Isotropic Systems in its work with SES Government Solutions. The two companies are working together to develop communications terminals to link government and commercial customers with SES O3b satellites and SES’s next-generation O3b mPower constellation.
For communicating on the move, the Army relies primarily on gimballed parabolic antennas that cannot track satellites in low and medium