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Persistent introduces Auto-Tracking Antenna System

13th July 2018 - 12:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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Persistent Systems has launched its Auto-Tracking Antenna System, a new portable ground-to-air antenna that operates on the Wave Relay mobile ad hoc network (MANET), the company announced on 10 July.

Designed to incorporate aircraft into the MANET, the Auto-Tracking Antenna System can be deployed in less than 15 minutes. The portable and lightweight design is completely collapsible, with the main five-foot parabolic dish breaking down into eight individual petals. The entire system fits into most standard-sized SUVs for transport and compact storage.

The large parabolic dish enables video streaming out to distances of over 200km while maintaining high throughput and strong signal strength. The system has interchangeable S-Band, L-Band and C-Band MIMO feeds that allow it to cover all frequencies where Persistent's five radio modules operate. The antenna feeds twist-lock into place for quick and simple installation. An automatic heading system enables the tracking antenna to self-calibrate prior to operation for greater precision and less than 1° pointing accuracy.

Combining the precisely aimed tracking system with the MPU5 radio and Wave Relay MANET achieves optimal connectivity and reliable communications for manned and unmanned aircraft to communicate further. 

The antenna is IP67 rated and can sustain harsh environments and weather, so it can be setup and left out for as long as the mission requires.

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