Atlantic Microwave, manufacturers and distributors of Satcom RF test equipment, recently secured a contract with a US defense contractor for their Drone Payload Satellite Simulator.
Atlantic Microwave’s Drone Payload Satellite Simulators allow operators to test the alignment, quality and performance levels of RF signals without requiring a live satellite link; this is particularly beneficial for testing in mobile environments, such as on ships or aircraft.
Inner Harbor Technical Sales, Atlantic Microwave’s US East Coast representative, was able to provide on-the-ground support to the customer, facilitating the project from within the USA. By utilising Atlantic Microwave’s integrated system, the customer was able to mitigate risk and increase testing efficiency on several antenna programs.
Both the drone and transmitter are being used for mobile and fixed antenna mount model calibration, G/T testing, and satellite surrogate tracking demonstrations. The precise nature of Ka-band waveforms requires high accuracy pointing, which Atlantic Microwave’s product was able to offer.
Without Atlantic Microwave's reliable and consistent system, the customer would have faced expensive alternatives to test antenna capabilities and mitigate risk, such as hiring time on live satellites.
Throughout the scoping discussions for the project, Atlantic Microwave provided an expert solutioneering approach to ensure the end product would precisely fit the customer’s requirements.
Taylor Pritchett, Sales Manager at Atlantic Microwave, commented: “I am pleased the RF engineering team chose to work with Atlantic Microwave. We were able to work with the customer and choose a solution that exactly met their requirements, saving them time and money.”