Washington-based Kymeta Corp., the company commercializing metamaterials-based flat-panel antennas for satellite communications, has successfully demonstrated bi-directional high-speed Internet connectivity with a Ka broadband satellite.
It was the first time a metamaterials-based antenna has established an Internet connection over a satellite link and confirms that Kymeta is ready to move into commercial product development and production.
The demonstration was held Dec. 10 at Telesat’s teleport in Vancouver, B.C., using Ka-band capacity on Telesat’s Anik F2 satellite. The completion of the demonstration required obtaining regulatory certifications for Ka-band transmissions, made possible through collaboration with Telesat.
After the initial tests, the team also launched a bi-directional Skype video call from a laptop at the demonstration site to Kymeta’s corporate headquarters in Redmond, Wash.
Kymeta is expected to have prototype units ready for field trials this year with initial availability of commercial products in early 2015.