- Satellite Evolution
Orbit launches advanced tri-band observation antenna system Gaia 100 for installation in 2023
Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. - a leading global provider of maritime and airborne SATCOM terminals, tracking ground station solutions, and mission-critical airborne audio management systems – has announced the launch of Gaia 100 - an advanced tri-band Earth observation antenna system – with an initial order secured from a significant European customer.
Gaia100 is a series of terrestrial tracking systems for LEO (Low Earth Orbit) and MEO (Medium Earth Orbit) satellites, with antenna sizes of 2.4 - 5.5 meters.
The series is part of the Gaia product line which includes Earth observation tracking solutions with antenna diameters of up to 11 meters.
The Gaia100 tracking systems operate under a radome. They are characterized by high RF and accurate tracking performance, with the ability to operate in changing weather conditions, anywhere and at any time, with efficient power consumption and minimal maintenance. These features provide advantages in operation at non-residential sites.
Now with a new Ka-band capability in addition to the existing S-band and X-band capabilities, the Gaia100 S/X/Ka is the most innovative system available today, tracking practically any EO NGSO satellites, and giving the operator the flexibility to work in all three frequency bands simultaneously. This meets the growing demand in the observation satellite and Ground Station Antenna as a Service (GSAAS) operators markets for systems capable of downloading a large amount of high-quality and high-volume data from Earth Observation (EO), Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.
"Ka-Band is becoming more and more essential for high-volume data delivery and in the near future it is expected to become the main frequency band for data download,” says Daniel Eshchar, CEO of Orbit. “As a company that constantly develops innovative solutions, we are proud of our ability to already provide a response to the ever-increasing needs of the market. Our reputation for advanced solutions is already proven in the first order from a European customer, a growing leader in its field of providing global observation services, which is expanding its infrastructure to supply EO services and launches. They selected Orbit due to our track record of excellent performance and very high reliability in our world-leading systems. Our position as an industry leader in the field of EO satellite tracking and in the terrestrial satellite communication market strengthens our activities as we maintain our technological advantage and develop more advanced systems."