Lockheed Martin develops new hybrid satellite technology

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The WAEFR technology is expected to increase the coverage area by approximately 190% compared with traditional phased array antennas.

Lockheed Martin has invented a new type of satellite dish technology with a wide range of use on satellites and ground terminals, including space-based 5G. 

The new dish, called a Wide Angle ESA Fed Reflector (WAEFR) antenna, is a hybrid of a phased array Electronically Steerable Antenna (ESA) and a parabolic dish, and increases coverage area by 190% compared to traditional phased array antennas at a much lower cost.

This antenna is part of a larger research and development investment in 5G.MIL technologies that will optimise and securely connect warfighting platforms to enable joint all-domain command and control (JADC2). 

Commenting on the hybrid satellite technology, Chris Herring, Vice President of Advanced Programme Development at Lockheed Martin Space, said: “We adopted a commercial mindset…

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