QuadSAT’s system uses drone technology to test, calibrate and measure the performance of VSAT antennas, specifically Comms-On-The-Move products. The system offers similar capabilities as a traditional antenna test range, and does so autonomously, by generating and receiving test signals in a highly controlled and consistent manner. The result is a portable, cost-effective, and time-efficient method to verify antenna performance.
A series of tests were carried out at A1 Telekom Austria’s Aflenz Teleport, witnessed by SES, Eutelsat, A1 Telekom, and Mike Bartlett (Mik The Dish), an independent antenna verification engineering consultant. The tests included horizontal and elevation off-axis radiation diagrams, cross-pol measurements, and raster scans created using QuadSAT’s system.
Anja Ellerbrock, Senior Engineer of Commercial Systems Engineering at SES, responsible for antenna approvals, attended the demonstration and commented: “We have been working with the QuadSAT team for the last few years, and are very pleased with the progress they have made. This technology will make independent antenna verification testing more accessible and cost-effective for antenna manufacturers and service providers. More antenna performance tests will result in better VSAT antenna quality in the industry. QuadSAT’s product is very welcome there.”
Founded in March 2017, QuadSAT’s mobile antenna testing system provides users with affordable, accessible and accurate antenna testing and calibration. The system utilizes a custom-built RF payload, drone technology, and mathematical algorithms in order to effectively simulate satellites and perform critical antenna performance tests. QuadSAT’s system has been developed to meet industry-wide standards.
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