Lightweight Wideband Satcomm Phased Array (LWSPA)
Physical Sciences Inc. (PSI) has been awarded a program from the U.S. Army to develop a lightweight, low-cost phased array antenna system enabling beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) communications for command and control of the Future Tactical UAS (FTUAS).
PSI’s Lightweight Wideband Satcom Phased Array (LWSPA) antenna system leverages advances in high-bandwidth communications antenna design and digital signal processing to achieve a multi-beam electronically-steered array. This flight-proven antenna design is also lightweight and inexpensive. PSI is leveraging several years of research and development in ultrawideband, miniaturized antenna elements to develop a phased array antenna meeting the Army’s requirements.
Satellite communications is of strong interest for both commercial and DoD applications. Increased capabilities of small UAS platforms means that high-data-rate satcom will be a requirement on future Army platforms. On the commercial side, autonomy for crop inspection, weather monitoring, and Internet of Things (IoT) all benefit from fast, frequency-agile communications. PSI’s LWSPA antenna system will address these needs by providing a lightweight, low-cost phased array targeted at aerial applications.
For more information, contact:
Dr. Sean Torrez
Area Manager, Deployable Technologies
Physical Sciences Inc.
Telephone: (978) 689-0003