QuadSAT has announced its antenna testing solution has been demonstrated to satellite operators SES and Eutelsat. Positive results obtained at a recent supervised testing session were sufficient for SES to consider adopting QuadSAT’s antenna testing product for future commercial antenna qualification activity. 

QuadSAT’s system uses drone technology to test, calibrate and measure the performance of VSAT antennas, specifically Comms-On-The-Move (COTM) products. The system offers similar capabilities as a traditional antenna test range, and does so autonomously, by generating and receiving test signals in a highly controlled and consistent manner. The result is a portable, cost-effective and time-efficient method to verify antenna performance.  

A series of tests were carried out at A1 Telekom Austria’s Aflenz Teleport, witnessed by SES, Eutelsat, A1 Telekom and Mike Bartlett (Mik The Dish), an independent antenna verification engineering consultant. The tests included horizontal and elevation off-axis radiation diagrams, cross-pol measurements, and raster scans created using QuadSAT’s system.

Anja Ellerbrock, senior engineer of Commercial Systems Engineering at SES, responsible for antenna approvals, attended the demonstration and commented: “We have been working with the QuadSAT team for the last few years, and are very pleased with the progress they have made. This technology will make independent antenna verification testing more accessible and cost-effective for antenna manufacturers and service providers. More antenna performance tests will result in better VSAT antenna quality in the industry. QuadSAT’s product is very welcome there.”

Fritz Schurig, who is responsible for antenna approval at Eutelsat, was also present during the testing activity and added: “This is a fantastic technology that has huge potential to transform how antenna testing is performed."

Joakim Espeland, CEO, QuadSAT, added: “We are thrilled that Eutelsat and SES are considering our technology as a contribution to improve antenna product quality, in a move towards a cleaner RF spectrum overall.”