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MFG Galileo Composites, a specialist in the design and manufacturing of custom composite radomes and reflectors, announced the availability of the company’s new Generation II radome design. The MFG Galileo Generation II radome design features enhancements based on a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) assignment to advance technology for ground-based radomes. The DARPA assignment that MFG Galileo completed in early 2008 focused on exploring new methods to increase radome RF performance characteristics while decreasing lifetime maintenance costs.
Among the features of the Generation II radomes is a new non-symmetric geometric panel configuration, a design approach preferred for some end-users, and an impedance-matched bolting seam. MFG Galileo’s legacy panel configuration offers similar radome performance characteristics, and now also incorporates upgraded features. Both panel designs are now produced with composite technology advancements that result in added durability and reduced maintenance cost.
MFG Galileo is part of Molded Fiber Glass Companies (Ashtabula, OH), a corporation devoted to advanced composites manufacturing. The Generation II radome design advancements were accomplished with specialized resources from the MFG Design Center and the MFG Research Co.
MFG Galileo Composites has installed more than 500 radomes on every continent on Earth. The company’s radome design and manufacturing capabilities have been proven in the world’s harshest environmental conditions, including the Arctic and Antarctic, extreme desert, tropical and high-elevation. MFG Galileo ground-based and shipboard radomes support L-band through Ka-band satellite communications.
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