NXT Communications Corporation (NXTCOMM) made a public announcement on 28 October on the plans to initiate the demonstration of its antenna’s performance, which is steered electronically. To carry out the test successfully, NXTCOMM did lease capacity on a communication satellite belonging to Eutelsat.
The company, which is based in Atlanta, initially presented its electronically steered antenna to the public in June this year. The company considers the antenna crucial for an array of satellite antennas for mobile connectivity. The company aims to use its technology for high-speed transmission of data for aviation, military, and mobility clients. In a contract that the company signed with Eutelsat Communication, the former will lease the Ku-band capacity starting this November on Eutelsat’s 117 West A satellite, preceding the detailed antenna testing low-rate production next year.
Tim Morton, NXTCOMM co-founder, gave a statement, and president, he labeled Eutelsat as the perfect partner to help the company to drive its products into the market and also be able to offer the pre-existing managed satellite services capacity to the clients as NXTCOMM looks to increase the production of their game-altering flat panel antennas. With various companies making considerable efforts to develop and produce electronically steered flat-panel antennas which can trail broadband satellites send into the low earth orbit by companies and government agencies, NXTCOMM opened a 929-square-meter production plant for the project in Cherokee County, Georgia.
In his statement, Mike Antonovich, Eutelsat Americas CEO, implied the delight the company has. It works with NXTCOMM to help it in the testing and implementation phase of its high-performance antennas. The CEO further indicated his company’s willingness to support NXTCOMM in their inventions for many years to come. There is a projected shipment of around 628,000 flat panel antennas pers year by the year 2029 with a compounded fiscal growth rate of 54.5 percent, according to Northern Sky Research (NSR), a consulting firm.
Despite the adverse effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, long production cycles and strong demand will assist in the gadgets market re-bounce in the mid-term when constellations are expected to come online. At the same time, some challenges in the production scale will have been overcome.