A team composed of Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT), Kratos Defense & Security Solutions (Nasdaq: KTOS) and Ball Aerospace has received a $7.2M contract from the Defense Innovation Unit to build a Multi-Band, Multi-Mission satellite antenna prototype.
The MBMM phased array prototype development is part of a program to upgrade the Air Force’s satellite control network and field new technology capabilities to warfighters, Lockheed said Wednesday.
“MBMM is a smarter way to quickly and affordably scale satellite transmission while lowering long-term maintenance costs for the Air Force,” said Maria Demaree, vice president and general manager of Lockheed’s mission solutions business.
“Today, when a parabolic antenna goes down, it can take days to repair; with MBMM, it will take hours and won’t take the entire site offline – that’s a tremendous advantage,” Demaree added. Lockheed said MBMM allows several satellites to establish simultaneous connectivity through multiple frequencies using a single array antenna.
The team is developing electronically steerable array prototypes. Each array supports S- and L-band frequencies. It is equipped with cloud-based quantumRadio and digital intermediate frequency platform from Kratos and Ball’s phased array tech systems.