High Cost of Flat Panel Antennas Biggest Barrier to Scale for Airlines – Not Satellite Operators

Space News reports airlines are demanding a single antenna system that works with multiple satellite systems but claims the satellite owners.

Great article, but glosses over the biggest barrier here, when operators talk of KU and KA combined antennas, you are looking at two separate phased arrays systems in a single package and with a common control. Ultimately you pay for what you get, two antennas. 

Can Flat Panel Technology Deliver on Price and Performance?

Northern Sky Research has followed the flat panel satellite antenna market for years and in its Flat Panel Satellite Antenna Analysis predicts growth reaching $710 million in annual revenue by 2025 from units shipped.  The driving forces behind this technology stems from the launch of high throughput satellites (HTS), skyrocketing demand for connectivity in mobility markets, such as aeronautical, and the relentless pressure to drive down costs

Innovation in Satellite Antenna Technology Promises In-Flight Broadband Soon

Professor Yang Hao of Queen Mary University of London is paving the way for passengers to connect to in-flight broadband, seamlessly on their own devices at affordable prices. An expert in satellite antenna and electromagnetics, Professor Hao recently won the A F Harvey Engineering Research Prize by the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET). He sits on the board of Isotropic Systems and leads the technical team in pursuit of developing the most efficient satellite antenna for high throughput connectivity across multiple industries.