Antennas Case Study

Eliminating “Blind Spots” in the Link 16 Network

You are hundreds of miles from your forward operation base, and dozens of miles from the closest “friendly.”  You are at the sharp pointy tip of the world’s finest fighting force, and your mission and your life depends on your Link 16 radio.  And you just lost “line of sight” to the next receiving station.

The traditional approach doesn’t work.
That’s why we don’t take it.

Roccor’s deployable L band antenna is designed to eliminate Link 16 blind spots on future satellite constellations. Responding to an urgent need for a demonstration mission, our customer needed us to go from a basic sketch on a napkin to qualified hardware in months, not years. And the system had to be simple and co-engineered with our customer to make integration and operation easier. Problem solving. Nimble. Fast. Simple.

Refreshing the approach to antenna design

  • We developed the deployable L band antenna for a first-ever Low Earth Orbit demonstration mission called XVI for the Link 16 network. Read More about our work with Viasat.
  • We developed the deployable structure for a Ka-band mesh parabolic reflector currently functioning on several platforms in orbit.  Read More about our work with L3Harris.
  • In 7-months, we developed a wide band Vivaldi antenna – deployed from a 2U CubeSat volume – for an unnamed government customer. Read More about our novel approach to SmallSat antenna design.

First Deployment Motion of L-band Antenna

Roccor Antenna in Action