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Flat antenna for yachts to be showcased

e3 Systems, a Mallorca-based integrator of IT solutions for the superyacht market, has announced a collaboration agreement with Kymeta, an American firm developing flat satcom antenna technologies.

The two companies are collaborating in the development of flat panel antennas for the yachting market, says e3, adding that they will showcase the technology and product concepts on its booth at the upcoming Monaco Yacht Show, September 25th-28th.

The yachting market is an early step in a strategy that will see Kymeta target the wider commercial maritime market as potential customers for its flat antenna technology.

Bob McCambridge, Kymeta’s president and COO, told Digital Ship in July that “merchant ships, cruise ships, and yachts of all sizes are all target markets for us. The technology is incredibly robust.”

The new deal with e3 will see the companies focus on the yachting market, with the Spanish firm noting that it hopes that the new flat panel antennas will replace the need for the large domes that today provide internet and HDTV services to yachts.

“Yacht designers and owners will love the Kymeta solution – no longer will unsightly satellite antenna domes ruin yachts’ fabulous lines,” said Roger Horner, managing director of e3 Systems.

“Sailing yacht owners will also love this technology as they can avoid mounting heavy antennas in the rig.”

The Kymeta flat antennas will work with the new High Throughput Satellite (HTS) systems that are currently being deployed, says e3, adding they will provide HDTV and high-speed internet enabling video streaming and video calling.

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