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Phasor completes flat panel antenna HD video test

Phasor has completed a successful demonstration of the transmission of live HD video over its flat panel, electronically steered antenna (ESA) system, connecting with the Intelsat 903 satellite from its test site in Essex, UK, as the company works towards full commercialisation of the technology.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The Phasor team has spent several months carrying out detailed beam pattern measurements on the system, to ensure that the dynamic beam forming adheres to the regulatory requirements for live transmissions. Following the lab tests, the 8-module Tx (transmit) system (equivalent in aperture area to a 67cm parabolic dish) was deployed to Phasor’s outdoor test site.

Satcom provider OmniAccess is partnering with Phasor to bring the electronically steered antenna to the super yacht market, and provided its ground station and satellite capacity for testing purposes. The link was successfully established and has run for more than two weeks without issue, the companies said.

The system achieved an uplink performance of 2 Mbps under the test plan, which involved full HD video transmissions from a moving platform. Based on the achieved performance, and the known performance of uplink-efficient HTS satellites, Phasor says that this small eight-module should be able to close return links of well over 15 Mbps. An aperture equivalent to a 1m dish (16 panel system), would achieve a transmit throughput of over 60 Mbps.

“The results of these critical tests have affirmed our robust and game-changing technology,” said David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor.

“We are extremely positive about the future and look forward to taking this high bandwidth connectivity to our target mobile broadband markets.”{/mprestriction}

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