Panasonic Avionics, Kymeta Bring flat panel antenna to maritime market

Panasonic Avionics Corporation and Kymeta Corporation have signed an agreement that brings new antenna technology to several unique maritime markets, the companies said.

Under terms of the agreement, Panasonic will order a significant volume of Kymeta´s flat panel antennas and use Kymeta mTenna technology to manufacture and distribute maritime terminals for vessels around the world. The antennas are expected to go through prototype testing this year and be commercially available in 2017.

Unlike traditional maritime antennas, which weigh several hundred kilograms, require weeks of vessel downtime to install, and use mechanical components that can easily break and are difficult to maintain, Kymeta´s technology enables electronically steered, lightweight, flat panel antennas that can acquire and track any satellite from any moving platform, anywhere in the world.

By combining Panasonic´s high-throughput satellite network with Kymeta´s lightweight antenna design that can be carried on-board by hand to be easily installed, the companies are giving maritime vessels anywhere in the world the ability to provide cost-effective, high-speed connectivity to passengers and crew alike.

Panasonic also will purchase and distribute a new technology from Kymeta that enables the combining of multiple apertures into one antenna. This combining technology will give customers a more powerful antenna that ultimately will provide faster and more efficient connectivity.

Panasonic Global Communications Services operates a global Ku-band satellite network that provides broadband communications services to a wide range of mobile markets. Panasonic Global Communications Services is a division of Panasonic Avionics Corporation. Established in 1979, Panasonic Avionics Corporation, a US corporation, is a subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American subsidiary of Panasonic Corporation.

Kymeta is commercializing a new, innovative software-enabled metamaterials-based electronic beamforming antenna for satellite communications. The company is based in Redmond, Washington and operates on a worldwide basis.