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SES: flat antennas are key in the new generation O3b mPOWER for MEO orbit

Alan Mattos, Senior Solutions Engineer of the company, presented to the audience at the Convergencialatina event the features of the new fleet, which began offering services a month ago. He echoed other speakers at the event on the need for a multi-orbit approach: "We are convinced that the solutions needed today cannot be provided with a single orbit. We are entering the multi-orbit era".

In comparing the first and second generation of O3b, the initial version had a limitation of beams (10), whereas the new one dynamically offers thousands of beams. The capacity per beam in the first version was 1.6 Gbps, and now ranges from 30 to several Gbps. "We can introduce the possibility for customers to include their gateways," added Mattos.

However, the most significant difference lies in the shift from mechanical parabolic antennas to flat antenna arrays. These flat antennas allow dynamic beamforming and also dynamically assign bandwidth and power to each of those beams, explained the executive.

Regarding the ground segment of the mPower generation, it has 10 proprietary gateways, two of which are located in Latin America: Lurín (Peru) and Santiago (Chile). "We are in the process of constructing a new gateway in the state of San Pablo, Brazil," Mattos revealed.

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