Documenting developments in the history of our ground-breaking mobile satcom solution
24 February 2022
In a pivotal year for completing all systems integration activity in the run-up to customer trials of its ultra-low profile, enterprise-grade antenna for mobile satellite communications, Hanwha Phasor has just successfully demonstrated 2022’s first over-the-air transmit and receive satellite link.
This was the first of several tests scheduled for 2022 designed to mature the operational performance at system level of the modem-agnostic M6 six-module phased array.
Superior customer experience as well as reliability is key, according to Principal Systems Development Engineer Fiona Wilson. She observed: “Ease of use is critical, which is why this system test was carried out using on-board firmware to self-configure the antenna and bring up the link.”
The test was performed at Hanwha Phasor’s far-field range at the historic ex-Marconi (now BAE Systems) site in Great Baddow, Essex, UK, boosted by its newly commissioned Earth station. Hanwha Phasor now carries out all over-the-air satellite tests in-house.
Yee Hong Tan, VP Engineering, commented: “Hanwha Phasor’s in-house test facilities are really coming into their own. After 12 months’ steady investment in our test labs in the London office and the refurbishment of our Great Baddow far-field site, we can now verify our simulations in the real world with over-the-air system tests on our state-of-the-art motion platform. We no longer rely on network operators to provide this service.”
Dom Philpott, Chief Operating Officer, whose team has created an advanced supply chain, explained: “Innovation is one thing. Delivering is another. Our test capability gives us an enormous advantage for accelerating development while continuing to work with our global supply chain partner Plexus to deliver this outstanding product.”
Backed by Hanwha Systems, its Korean aerospace and defence parent, Hanwha Phasor has its own first-rate test facilities.
With the lowest profile, highest gain of any flat panel mobile satcom antenna under development or in the market, the M6 encompasses the entire RF chain within its seven-centimetre chassis.
Watch Hanwha Phasor show Plexus how to make our antenna here.