Roccor, a Colorado-based disruptive military and commercial hardware supplier in the rapidly growing small satellite market, has created a deployable L-band antenna that makes possible the reception and transmission of Link 16 signals via spacecraft, the company said.
The project is in partnership with Viasat, Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT), a global communications company, and the Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate, and is part of the world´s first-ever Link 16-capable Low Earth Orbit (LEO) spacecraft demonstration mission called XVI, which will launch later this year.
Roccor´s helical, two-meter-long deployable RF aperture, will be extended and supported on-orbit by Roccor´s slit-tube composite ROC™ boom, a product the company has successfully demonstrated in space on three other antenna systems for top-tier military customers.
Roccor was founded in 2012 and is based in Longmont, Colorado. It is a fast-growing, vibrant, high technology supplier into the aerospace and terrestrial military markets. Roccor´s novel designs address cost and performance limitations to revolutionize spaceflight and military operations. The company has contracts with NASA, the US military, and commercial space companies all around the world and already has several deployable systems on orbit as of late 2019 and with numerous additional systems delivered and planned for launch in 2020. Visit Roccor at www.roccor.com.
Viasat is a global communications company that believes everyone and everything in the world can be connected. For more than 30 years, Viasat has helped shape how consumers, businesses, governments and militaries around the world communicate. Today, the Company is developing the ultimate global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections to impact people´s lives anywhere they are–on the ground, in the air or at sea. To learn more about Viasat, visit: www.viasat.com.