The completion of radiofrequency testing for the antenna has been a success. Roccor says that the launch of this antenna on the satellite may be likely to be this year. The firm confirms that this launch is going to enhance communication for the military institutions from one to the other.
Roccor is working hand in hand with BluFlux, a specialist in antenna tech, to complete the testing of this antenna. AFRL program is focusing on the working of the helical antenna for the 16 terminal link satellite.
Roccor plays a significant role in the manufacturing of the antenna for military aircraft, vehicles, and ships. NATO and the US military share military intelligence via terminal links. These links are mountable on a small satellite. The relationship between Roccor and the institutions above is Viasat. The contract between them and Viasat allows it to develop the terminal links on a satellite. Viasat then chooses Roccor to offer antenna services for the development of these links.
The XVI satellite responsible for this interconnection is not suitable for testing the antenna. Therefore Roccor has to partner with BluFlux for testing grounds. After the tests, they can then erect the antenna on the satellite. So far, the tests are nearing completion with a high percentage of success.
The development of the antenna by Roccor was under the SBIR contract. It implies that various satellite companies have put the antenna into the trial. The trials allow Roccor to improvise on its previous fails. For this reason, three satellites have proven the feasibility of this antenna to transfer classified information from a satellite to the stations on earth.
Roccor and BluFlux have been developing and experimenting with the antenna in a range of frequencies. These experiments can show the communication range between the terminals.
Davis says that it is problematic to launch the antenna structure. He explains that various optical factors are usually under consideration for the formulation of an amicable arrangement. The experiments are further challenging since the antenna is tall and very brittle, considering both atmospheric and space conditions.
Ben Wilmhoff, the BluFlux President, explains the development of a facility that upholds the antenna. He says the equipment can carry the antenna upright through the satellite launch without fragmentation.
Finally, Roccor hopes that it can develop the best Link 16 antenna under the contractual budget. The firm is positive that they can make the antenna’s vital changes while they are still within the approximate time frame.