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Isotropic Systems Completes Antenna Tests With Telesat LEO

By Rachel Jewett | March 24, 2022

Telesat CEO Dan Goldberg and Isotropic Systems CEO John Finney at SATELLITE 2022. Photo: Isotropic Systems

Isotropic Systems has completed multi-orbit antenna field tests with Telesat. Isotropic Systems’ antenna tracked and established a link with Telesat’s Phase 1 Low-Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite and a Geostationary Orbit (GEO) satellite simultaneously. The tests, announced March 22, were conducted live with Telesat at its Allan Park Teleport in Ontario, Canada. 

This follows previous tests with SES and the U.S. Army to validate its multi-link, all-orbit antenna. The company is preparing for commercial rollout of its antenna in the second half of this year and said demand for the first generation has exceeded production capacity in 2022 and the first half of 2023. 

“We are the first solid-state antenna to connect all three orbits and have concurrent links across multiple orbits,” Brian Billman, chief marketing officer, told Via Satellite. “The big differentiator with our technology is not only the multiple links, but that each of those links is full performance. It literally multiplies your throughput for full performance services across those different orbits.” 

Billman could not share any further details about Isotropic and Telesat collaboration at this point, but said the company “looks forward to being on [the Telesat Lightspeed] network when it gets launched.” 

Separately, Isotropic Systems also announced modem integration partnerships with ST Engineering iDirect, Teledyne, and Spacebridge.