EMS engineers developed the Wavestorm GS-X antenna as a ground-based SATCOM antenna to support wideband communications requirements for systems transmitting across X-band satellites such as XTAR, Skynet, and Wideband Global Satcom.
The antenna’s low-profile slot-array technology is rugged and is designed for high-bandwidth data transmission for aircraft, surface ships, and land vehicles.
“We developed our X-band antenna system to meet the growing need for improvements in the transmission of ISR [intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance] data around the globe,” says Norm Johnson, vice president of business development at EMS Defense & Space.
EMS demonstrated the antenna system in the United Kingdom over the Skynet 5 satellite constellation by transmitting full-motion video at data rates as fast as 14 megabits per second. SAIC is scheduled to begin flying the Wavestorm AS-X on an RC-12 aircraft next month.