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A New Way to Access QuadSAT’s Drone-based Antenna Testing Solution

16 November 2022

It’s undoubtedly an incredibly exciting time to be working in satcom. While the demand for increased connectivity and high availability is creating competition in the form of technologies such as 5G and IP, it is also driving forward change across the satcom industry. We’re seeing unprecedented expansion in LEO, technological advancement in the space segment, a drive towards multi-orbit environments and innovation in antenna technology. And to add to that list, now at QuadSAT, we’re really excited to have released a productised version of our ground-breaking drone-based antenna and radio frequency test and measurement solution.

The development and release of the solution as a product was made possible through funding received from the ESA ARTES Core Competitiveness programme and support from partners such as the Global VSAT Forum (GVF).

QuadSAT’s innovative drone-based system for test and verification of antennas and radio frequency equipment is fully automated, flexible, and location independent.  It consists of state-of-the-art drone technology, integrated with a custom RF payload as well as automation and measurement software. A broad range of testing missions can be undertaken, anytime, anywhere, depending on user requirements.

Recognising that one size does not fit all, customers can now either choose to acquire the productised version of QuadSAT’s test and verification technology, or use the managed service. How do you know which route is right for your needs? 

1. Acquire your own version and carry out testing missions as required 

This option is particularly useful for companies that have a lot of testing missions to complete. With this version, users will receive detailed training from QuadSAT prior to deployment, but will then be responsible for completing own test missions and obtaining own test results. Therefore, acquiring your own version may be right for you if, you have experienced staff on hand and are confident to operate the system yourself. You will also need to ensure that you have the appropriate resources to fly the drone and comply with relevant legislation. 

2. Use the managed service with testing carried out by QuadSAT engineers

If you feel that you don’t have the available resources to carry out your own testing as with the acquired version, the managed service may be a better fit for your company. This option may also be right for you if you want the peace of mind in knowing that QuadSAT is carrying out the testing, providing support, and handling drone requirements such as ensuring that all necessary permissions are in place to fly the drone.

QuadSAT will be presenting its drone-based solution for RF and antenna testing and measurements on its booth (U63) at Space Tech Expo in Bremen, Germany from 15th – 17th November.

For more information about how to access QuadSAT’s flexible, accurate and cost-efficient solution, or to book a meeting at Space Tech Expo, please visit https://quadsat.com/space-tech-expo-2022/

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