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Intellian Invests $100M in Satellite Tech with New Development Center in Maryland 

By Rachel Jewett | April 26, 2023

      From left: Signe Pringle, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce; Eric Sung, CEO & president of Intellian; Marc Elrich, Montgomery County executive; and Tae-Sup Byeon, deputy of minister, of South Korea’s Ministry of SMEs and Startups. Photo: Intellian

      Satellite terminal manufacturer Intellian has opened a new Advanced Development Center (ADC) in Montgomery County, Maryland, and is making a $100 million investment into R&D for satcom technologies. This new site in Maryland is officially open and is the company’s first and only U.S. research and development center. 

      The center will host radio frequency (RF) engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and validation engineering for product development of phased array antennas and user terminals. It also has integration labs to host test campaigns with partners’ products. Intellian plans to grow the team at the site to more than 70 people by the fourth quarter of this year. 

      Intellian CEO Eric Sung said it was a strategic decision to host the site in Montgomery County, calling it “Satellite Valley” for the number of satellite companies nearby. 

      “With an ever-increasing interest from enterprise, government and maritime customers for phased array antennas, the $100 million commitment to the development of this product portfolio is a key point of growth and expansion for Intellian. We look forward to strengthening Maryland’s position as a focal point within the global satellite communications industry,” Sung said. 

      This comes after Intellian also recently announced an expansion of its Singapore office, relocating it to a larger development so it can more quickly deliver and install maritime products.