Satellite Technology Feature Article
Ball Aerospace Showcases Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array
By Carolyn J Dawson, TMCnet Contributor
Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. has showcased Mobile Multifunction Low-Cost Array system at the Aberdeen (News - Alert) Proving Ground facility of the U.S. Army. High data rate communications with military and commercial satellite systems were showcased through this system, which was developed for the Office of Naval Research. The MMLCA system from Ball Aerospace is essentially a model of an X-band SATCOM On-the-Move phased array antenna that has been developed as a part of ONR’s FORCEnet Future Naval Capabilities program.
A self-sufficient low profile antenna system, the MMLCA does not have any rotating parts, thereby making it useful for an assortment of military combat vehicles and platforms. The existing and upcoming military platforms will be able to decrease the number of required antennas with the help of this system, thereby ensuring enhanced antenna coverage and decreased general profile of vehicles. During testing, modifications will be spotted, which will be included in an operational theater before incorporating them in the system.
In a release, Jim Oschmann, VP and GM, Tactical Solutions, Ball Aerospace said, "MMLCA is significantly more rugged than competing conventional designs making it more impervious to weather and battlefield operations. Additionally, it incorporates the advantages found in advanced phased array antennas including a lower profile design for hemispherical coverage, high-reliability, and lower total ownership cost."
Low apparent, conformal and phased array antenna technology are planned and developed by Ball Aerospace. This technology is ideal for several military platforms like aircraft, missiles, land vehicles, ships, small craft and space applications.
Very important missions for national agencies, like the Department of Defense, NASA, NOAA and other U.S. government and commercial bodies, are assisted by Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. Spacecraft, sophisticated instruments and sensors, mechanism, data exploitation systems and RF offerings for planned, strategic and scientific applications are created and produced by the company.
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Edited by Brooke Neuman