Kratos and Kymeta have teamed up to develop a solution that fuses advanced antenna technology with software-defined ground systems

2022-06-07 0 By

Redmond and San Diego, Wash. — Kymeta (www.kymetacorp.com), a communications company dedicated to mobile globalization, and Kratos Defense & Security Solutions, a leading provider of national Security and space Solutions,Inc. (Nasdaq: KTOS) today announced a strategic partnership to jointly develop products and solutions that enable modern virtualized ground systems to better leverage the capabilities of a new generation of mobile satellite antennas.The broad goals of this partnership include improving the ability of ground systems to support, utilize, manage and control electronically steering multipurpose antennas to better support the functionality of software-defined multibeam satellites.This work will initially focus on the joint development of a software-defined remote terminal that will support a variety of dynamic satellite connectivity applications, including support for multi-orbit use cases.In these use cases, connecting low-orbit, medium-orbit, and geostationary orbit satellites via the same antenna is the ideal solution.The space industry is in the midst of a full-scale Renaissance, driven by technological breakthroughs such as small satellites, the proliferation of low-orbit (LEO) constellations, software-defined payloads, and multi-orbit services.On the ground side, satellite networks are also advancing, as witnessed by the growth of ground as a service providers, mobile communications and virtualized ground systems.Advances on both sides of the space/ground link mean that satellite systems must function more dynamically, able to adapt in real time to changing needs, conditions, service levels and operational or mission requirements.”The current modem/antenna interface represents an analog, static, one-to-one relationship, while the spaceplane has evolved to include highly dynamic multi-orbit networks and software-defined payloads,” said Greg Quiggle, Vice president of Space Product Management at Kratos.”Remote terminals must be digitally transformed to leverage the unique capabilities of the Electronic Steering Antenna (ESA) and universal Subscriber Reservation Device (uCPE) to dynamically enable multi-beam, multi-band and multi-purpose applications at the edge of the network.”The digitally modified remote terminal integrates Kymeta ESA and software-defined uCPE based on Kratos OpenSpace technology into a unified terminal package.The OpenSpace platform is the first and only commercially available software-defined, choreographed ground system to help satellite and communications operators advance the digital transformation of their satellite networks.”Kymeta is excited to work with Kratos, a leader in the space network virtualization revolution, to develop digital ground terminals using Kymeta U8 antenna technology,” said Lilac Muller, Vice President of Product Management at Kymeta.Kymeta U8 is a software-defined platform that unleashing the potential of future capabilities of ground and space networks in both GEOstationary and non-geostationary orbits.”Jointly developed products will meet industry standards in order to provide solutions that can dynamically adapt to changes in the space layer while supporting multiple functions at the edge of the network.Includes IEEE-ISto Std 4900-2021: Standard for Digital Intermediate Frequency Interoperability Version 1.0 from Digital IF Interoperability (DIFI) Consortium.Both sides agree that common standards are essential for the space industry to realize upcoming opportunities and advance the industry’s integration with the larger global communications infrastructure.Both companies are founding members of DIFI, an independent organization established to develop and promote standards for interoperability of space and satellite systems.About KymetaKymeta is unlocking the potential of broadband satellite connectivity and combining it with cellular networks to meet the huge demand for mobile communications and make mobile connectivity universal.Lepton Global Solutions, a Kymeta company, is responsible for the company’s satellite connectivity Solutions and provides unique, integrated Solutions to meet and exceed customer mission requirements based on first-class technology and tailored customer centric services.These solutions, combined with the company’s pioneering planar satellite antenna and Kymeta Connectâ„¢ connectivity service, provide revolutionary satellite and hybrid satellite cellular network mobile connectivity to customers worldwide.Supported by U.S. and international patents and licenses, Kymeta terminals meet the need for small, lightweight, high-throughput communications systems that can be turned to satellites without mechanical components.Kymeta makes connectivity easy — it works on any vehicle, ship or fixed platform.Kymeta is a privately held company based in Redmond, Washington.For more information, visit kymetacorp.com.SolutionsKratos Defense & Security SolutionsInc. (NASDAQ:KTOS) develops and deploys affordable, transformative technologies, platforms, and systems for U.S. national security-related customers, Allies, and commercial enterprises.Kratos is transforming the way these industries bring breakthrough technologies to market quickly through proven commercial and venture capital-backed approaches such as forward-looking research and streamlined development processes.Kratos specializes in unmanned systems, satellite communications, cyber security/warfare, microwave electronics, missile defense, hypersonic systems, training, combat systems and the development of next-generation turbojets and turbofans.For more information, please visit www.KratosDefense.com.Disclaimer: The original version of this announcement is the official authorized version.The translation is for convenience only, please refer to the original version, the original version is the only legally valid version.Contact: Kymeta Business Consulting: Brenda Kuhns, Director of Marketing, Kymeta CorporationKymeta Media Consulting: Amanda Barry, Director of Pr and Content, Summit GroupKratos Media Contact:Yolanda White 858-812-7302 (direct line) Kratos Investor Information: 877-934-4687