New Low-SWaP Flat-Panel SATCOM Antennas

The VALOR line has been designed with SWaP optimization in mind and features both Ku- and Ka-band options By Mike Ball / 29 Apr 2024
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Reticulate Micro has introduced a new family of flat panel Electronically Steerable Antennas (ESAs) featuring both Ku- and Ka-band satellite frequency options.

The low-SWaP VALOR line is suitable for drones and unmanned systems operating in aerial, land and maritime domains, and is designed to provide scalability and multi-orbit connectivity. The launch of the VALOR range follows Reticulate’s debut of its VESPER terminal management capability.

Josh Cryer, president and CEO of Reticulate Micro, noted: “With the launch of VALOR, we’re moving up the value chain – not only are we generating real-time streamed content through our VAST™ video-compression technology, but we also will manage the connections that carry that content. Like all Reticulate’s products, VALOR will have our VisionOS™ platform integrated into it, which ensures all our products are interoperable.”

David Horton, Chief Operating Officer for Reticulate Micro and president of Reticulate Space, commented: “A higher performing, low-power-consumption terminal is highly desirable with today’s warfighters, and we have that solution in the VALOR product line. Our product family is designed to be conformal and ultra-low profile to support aero, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), maritime and ground-based vehicle applications.

Mark Steel, EVP Product & Services at Reticulate Micro and CTO of Reticulate Space, noted that the satellite communications industry has long struggled to design an affordable, low-power flat panel antenna to meet the requirements of a new wave of LEO and MEO constellations, but has fallen short, with people trying to fit a square peg in a round hole.

Current ESAs on the market don’t fit the full requirements of the user – they’re still tremendously expensive, generate high power and have a large form factor,” Steel explained. “Other ESA solutions typically must sacrifice size, weight or power. We’re coming to market with a disruptive technology that we can scale to all the requirements of SWAP-C that our industry has wanted but has failed to deliver.”

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact