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Isotropic Systems and SES complete first multi-orbit field tests

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Isotropic Systems and SES confirm the successful completion of the first-ever simultaneous multi-orbit antenna field tests.

These latest trials are hailed as a game-changing development enabling a new age of connectivity on land, in the air and at sea for both civil and defense communications.

As a developer of multi-link satellite technology, Isotropic Systems’ UK-built multi-link antenna underwent a series of field tests at SES’s Manassas, Virginia teleport. The terminal created multiple simultaneous, full-performance link connections with SES satellites – linking to a geostationary (GEO) satellite while simultaneously connected with an O3b satellite in medium earth orbit (MEO).

“We have removed the major bottleneck holding back the expansion of the satellite sector for both commercial and defense communications. Users can finally connect to as many satellites as they want, when they want, wherever they want and that’s a game-changer for enterprise, aero, maritime, government and defense,” said John Finney, founder and CEO of Isotropic Systems.

“This test proves space is now open, as we mesh networks together in a way that is unparalleled, without compromise. We have delivered on our vision to combine the full performance of multiple antennas into one multi-link, solid state, software defined terminal without any restrictions.”

At present, users are reliant on legacy ground antennas which only connect to a single network at a time. Through this breakthrough satellite end-users can combine the best attributes of all available networks to achieve 'superior' network uptime and application performance.

In addition, Isotropic’s deep tech solution multiplies the performance of single antenna solutions to transform the global appeal of satellite connectivity, ensuring critical defense communications infrastructure and delivering multiple broadband connections that are highly reliable.

“The success of these multi-orbit antenna trials opens the door to a new level of multi-orbit service delivery, as we integrate our geostationary satellites with our second-generation low-latency, high-throughput O3b mPOWER system to provide seamless services for our customers,” said Steve Collar (pictured), CEO of SES.

“Isotropic’s unique architecture enables our customers to be connected to multiple simultaneous beams from both GEO and MEO satellites, enabling us to deliver industry-defining performance and orbital resilience services. It is a game changer for resilient, secure, global networks built on SES’s state-of-the-art fleet.”

Specifically, NATO and other international forces will be able to converge military and secure commercial satellites, to ensure global mission assurance. In the sky, aircraft pilots will be able to connect to satellites for navigation and ground communications, while passengers can connect to entirely separate satellites in different orbits to access live television, high-speed broadband, and enhanced entertainment options with streaming and gaming.

On the ground, the land transport sector will achieve ubiquitous, high-speed, always-on internet access. While at sea, ships can be tracked across the oceans, accelerating digital transformation for the shipping industry and deliver high-speed internet for cruise ship passengers.

“This is a significant breakthrough that will put UK technology developed by Isotropic Systems at the heart of meeting the unprecedented demand for global connectivity," said Mike Rudd, head of telecommunications strategy at the UK Space Agency.

"It’s a great example of the innovation found within the UK’s growing space sector and has been made possible by our leading investments in telecommunications research through the European Space Agency.”