Technology

Kymeta’s mTenna suite of antennas exploits technologies never before applied to satellite communications.

Tunable metamaterial elements scatter RF energy when electrically activated, generating a beam.

Changing the pattern of activated elements changes the beam direction.

Electromagnetic metamaterial technology uses a holographic approach to electronically acquire, steer, and lock a beam to any satellite, with no moving parts. Innovative developments with PCB and the leveraging of Thin Film Transistor (TFT) LCD technology provide an unprecedented manufacturing advantage in terms of both scalability and affordability. Combined, these technological innovations result in antennas that create vast opportunities for the satellite industry to expand and evolve the marketplace.

How Our Metamaterial Technology Works

Broadly defined, electromagnetic metamaterials result from arranging naturally occurring materials in such a way that they produce an electromagnetic response not found in nature. On the mTenna suite of products, tunable elements are arranged in a precisely calculated pattern. Radiofrequency (RF) energy is scattered when the elements are activated, holographically generating a beam. The direction of the beam is defined by the specific elements that are electronically activated—a design that allows for both continual and instantaneous changes in direction.

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