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June 4th, 2018

Phasor and Astronics AeroSat Partner Up to Develop ESA-Based Aeronautical Terminals

Phasor, the developer of enterprise-grade electronically-steered antenna (ESA) systems for mobile broadband, has announced a milestone commercial partnership with Astronics AeroSat.

Under this agreement, the two companies will produce scalable, dual-beam ESA-based aeronautical terminals, which will enhance the passenger and crew experience aboard connected business and commercial airlines.

Phasor’s solid-state, software-defined and modular ESA conforms to the size and shape of an aircraft fuselage, which enables commercial airlines and business aviation fleet operators to reduce drag-weight while optimizing bandwidth for superior inflight connectivity (IFC). Astronics AeroSat will integrate Phasor’s phased-array technology into an agile aviation antenna solution that will operate seamlessly with GEO and non-geosynchronous satellites, such as LEO wideband constellations, currently in development. The new antenna will feature dual-beam technology, defined as the simultaneous ability to send and receive signals, with a "make-before-break" capability.

Phasor’s very low profile (2-inches high), lightweight, electronically-steerable antenna produces less drag for more efficient aircraft fuel consumption. The solid-state platform has no moving parts, making it more reliable and resilient than mechanically steered antennas. The Phasor ESA conforms to the aircraft fuselage, providing greater antenna active surface and therefore better RF performance. The dual-beam architecture provides both en route network resilience and interoperability between geosynchronous high throughput satellites (GEO HTS) and non-geosynchronous satellites (Low Earth/Medium Earth Orbits).

Matthew Harrah, the President of Astronics AeroSat, said that this key alliance between Astronics AeroSat and Phasor represents the next phase of inflight connectivity capability, combining the breakthrough technology of the Phasor ESA with the proven SATCOM integration and avionics manufacturing acumen of Astronics. The company is working toward certification and commercialization of this new dual-beam SATCOM terminal/OAE (Outside Aircraft Equipment) and looks forward to continuing to work closely with the Phasor team.

David Helfgott, the Phasor CEO, added that this strategic agreement brings together the best of both worlds — leading electronically steered antenna innovation coupled with best-in-class avionics and aeronautical SATCOM terminal integration expertise. Together, next-generation inflight connectivity across multiple airframe-types and satellite communications networks will be delivered.