CSIRO MultiBeam Antennas at Betzdorf, Luxembourg, working as an earth station for the European pay-TV market.
MultiBeam antenna provides novel solution for satellite communication
The CSIRO-designed MultiBeam antenna is leading the world in providing solutions to the future needs of satellite communications.
1 December 2008 | Updated 14 October 2011
CSIRO's MultiBeam antenna is a new concept in Earth-based antenna design. It offers a unique approach to fulfilling the future needs of satellite communications.
An innovative solution
A single CSIRO-designed MultiBeam antenna can communicate simultaneously with up to 20 geostationary satellites over multiple frequency bands.
In conventional systems, one antenna is needed for each satellite.
Other advantages include:
substantially improving operational flexibility
significantly reducing capital, operating and service connection costs
greatly reducing the visual impact of antenna arrays.
The antenna received the 2004 Industry Innovators' Award of the Society of Satellite Professionals International (SSPI) for technology developed by the public sector.
Aussie technology overseas
The success of the MultiBeam antenna has seen it sold to companies overseas.
Three 4.5 metre antennas have been installed in Luxemburg at the teleport of SES Astra, Europe’s leading direct-to-home satellite operator.
''Further international markets will become viable as we refine the product for scaled-up production."
Mr Jeff Mathie, President, Patriot Antenna Systems.
In March 2005 Danish Radio (DR) signed an agreement with TST Kommunikations Technik GmbH (TST) to purchase two MultiBeam antenna systems for their new multimedia house at DR Byen in Copenhagen.
In April 2007 CSIRO signed a commercialisation deal with Patriot Antenna Systems, leaders in reducing production costs in the international antenna market.
Patriot was acquired by The Cobham Group and is now part of the Cobham Antennas Division.
Mr Jeff Mathie, President of Patriot, said that CSIRO's MultiBeam technology will allow Patriot to expand its current product range.
'As we refine the product for scaled-up production, we expect that further international markets will become viable', Mr Mathie says.
International interest as a result of the licensing of this technology means that future deployments in the US and Asian regions may be possible.
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