Isotropic Systems receives $40m boost for multibeam antenna

By on 11 February, 2021

Isotropic Systems terminal. Image provided.

The UK’s Isotropic Systems has raised over $40 million to develop its ‘next generation’ antenna design for satellite communications.

The UK-based maker of broadband technologies has developed a multibeam antenna design that uses its patented radio frequency optics technology that it says allows the antenna to simultaneously link with multiple satellites in multiple orbits without any compromise in the performance of each link.

The company announced that SES led the $40m funding round, along with participation from specialised space investors Orbital Ventures, UK government’s Future Fund and existing investors Boeing HorizonX Global Ventures, Space Angels and Firmament Ventures.

“Isotropic Systems is extremely well positioned to unlock a new age of high-powered, multi-orbit connectivity with our next-gen multi-beam antenna,” said John Finney, Isotropic Systems Founder and CEO.

“Our technology is unique in that it allows service providers and end users to take the best of the many thousands of satellites going into orbit using a single integrated terminal, unlocking the demand for the satellite industry as a whole, radically changing the way bandwidth services are delivered to end-users and vastly exceeding the capability of any single satellite system.”

The company also announced that it will accelerate its production phase to aligned with constellations planned for launch in 2022, and the opening of a new technology and testing facility near its HQ in Reading, UK.

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