More electronically steered antenna (ESAs) solutions will be flying later this year. At least two more companies are looking to launch test flights of the new technology with a focus on eventually serving commercial aircraft.
The target aircraft for these tests, however, suggest diverging views regarding the value ESAs can bring to the industry, as well as the longevity of existing, mechanically steered solutions.
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E Luther says
This photo is the CesiumAstro Nightingale payload as seen at Satellite Show. It is designed for high speed RF data downlink at 26 GHz. Please credit this photo.
Seth Miller says
I took the photo, so I’m not sure what credit you believe is due. Also, this image is used more as a reference for general ESA elements, not a specific endorsement of the product nor an implication that it will be operating in commercial airline service anytime soon.
It looks nice, though.