Satellite plans move ahead for Kymeta and OneWeb and for SpaceX and T-Mobile

Edmond, Wash.-based Kymeta Corp. claims it has rolled out its first batch of electronically powered flat-panel antennas for that company's satellite-based data network called OneWeb.

Kimeta said at the Satellite 2023 conference in Washington that its Hawk U8 terminal will be available for OneWeb's fixed-location applications, and will soon be made available for land-based and sea-based mobile communications.

Kimeta President and Co-CEO Walter Berger said that "the satellite industry is entering an exciting new era, as every major industry from agriculture to defense increasingly looks to mobile broadband as an efficient and effective means to transform their operations." can be used as.

OneWeb CEO Neil Masterson said in the statement that Kymeta's U8 system will give customers "an exciting new terminal option for reliable, efficient connectivity to our LEO network."

Kymeta, founded in 2012 with the backing of Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, uses an innovative type of technology called metamaterials to make antennas that can be controlled by software.

OneWeb announced that it has signed a letter of intent with Amazon Web Services to explore bundling satellite connectivity with cloud services and edge computing services.

SpaceX plans to begin testing its Starlink satellite-to-cell service this year with Bellevue, Wash.-based T-Mobile, CNBC reported in a statement.

Ball Aerospace said in the statement that algorithms hosted on the satellite are capable of removing clouds from Earth imagery and prioritizing the downlink of data based on image content.