Today, more than 90 of our unfurlable, large-aperture mesh reflectors have rolled out of our factory and entered orbit—10 times the number of our closest competitor and representing 800 years of collective service. These reflectors are providing unmatched performance for satellite communications and broadcast systems that require high reliability for mission critical performance and higher antenna gain for increased satellite capacity.
High throughput satellites are helping to meet today's urgent demand for increased bandwidth by using Ka-band and applying frequency reuse technology to increase satellite capacity. L3Harris' Ka-band unfurlable antenna solutions were developed with that mission need in mind. The L3Harris design integrates easily into any spacecraft configuration. Lightweight and very compact, they can produce small spot beams that help maximize frequency reuse.
Our flexible architecture—a radial rib design that can be either hub mounted or edge mounted—provides a reflector aperture size that ranges from 3.5 meters to 9 meters. L3Harris' 5-meter Ka-band unfurlable mesh reflector is creating a buzz in the satellite community because of the combination of its small size and never-before-achieved accuracy for unfurlable technology at Ka-band.