Comtech Telecommunications Corp. has announced that its Command & Control Technologies group’s, Space & Component Technology division, which is part of Comtech’s Government Solutions segment, introduced an exciting line of transportable, full motion antennas for tracking Low Earth Orbit (“LEO”) and Medium Earth Orbit (“MEO”) satellites and High Altitude Pseudo-Satellites (“HAPS”).
The Micro Deployable X/Y Tracking Antennas utilize the same two-axis pedestal technology and control software used on Comtech’s larger X/Y systems, thereby eliminating the keyhole at zenith, cable wrap, and backlash problems found on traditional elevation/azimuth (El/Az) tracking antennas. These advantages of the X/Y design are now offered in very small and lightweight packages. This highly cost effective, full hemispheric coverage solution set can be transported on a commercial airliner and can be assembled for operation by one individual in less than 30 minutes without special equipment.
“The introduction of the Micro Deployable X/Y Terminals caps a successful year of market expansion for the industry’s most extensive and mature line of X/Y antenna systems, as well as a full range of high wind rated radomes,” said Fred Kornberg, President and Chief Executive Officer of Comtech Telecommunications Corp. “Comtech will continue to bring highly reliable and innovative products to the LEO/MEO and HAPS markets.”
The Micro Deployable X/Y Tracking Antennas come in three sizes: Series A that can hold 30cm – 60cm reflectors, Series B that can hold 80 cm – 1.2m reflectors, and Series C that can hold 1.4m – 1.6m reflectors. Comtech offers the antenna systems in single and multi-band frequencies from L-band to Q-band. The antenna includes a GPS system that provides precision time and terminal position, and pointing accuracy better than 0.1 degree.
With a flexible system configuration, low power consumption, and high reliability, the Micro Deployable X/Y Tracking Antennas include Ethernet (TCP/IP) remote control for monitoring and control based on a Linux operating system. Additional features include a TLE-based program track satellite scheduler and precision carbon composites reflectors. This system does not require significant maintenance.