Using the electromagnetic (EM) simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE®, Kymeta Corp. designs a novel range of lightweight portable antennas for mobile satellite communications.

Kymeta Corporation ( was formed to commercialize a new, innovative metamaterials-based antenna technology for satellite communication known as Metamaterials Surface Antenna Technology (MSA-T).

By replacing the traditional beam-steering mechanisms such as gimbals and phased arrays with MSA-T, Kymeta aim to produce antennas that are lightweight and responsive to use on the move and in the field. To design a working metamaterials-based antenna with low power requirements and a small form factor, Kymeta needed to optimize a multitude of interdependent variables.

“CST MICROWAVE STUDIO provided a necessary component of our RF design flow at Kymeta. Without it, the challenge of designing numerous interrelated antenna features would have been nearly insurmountable,” said Adam Billy, Lead RF Design Engineer, Kymeta Corporation.

By integrating virtual prototyping into the design process, Kymeta was able to gain insight into the functioning of the antenna, minimize the number of real prototypes required and reduce costs. The full success story explaining how Kymeta used electromagnetic simulation can be downloaded at