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.

Professor Hao is investing the £300,000 prize toward developing antenna technology that will enable low cost, high-throughput satellite connectivity for passengers travelling by plane.

Professor Hao has years of experience developing fully-integrated antenna solutions designed to reduce RF interference, weight, cost and system complexity. Considered one of the world’s leading figures in the scientific field of transformational optics, he leads the research at the Antennas and Electromagnetic group for Queen Mary University of London, home to one of the largest academic radio research facilities in Europe.

Professor Hao’s and Isotropic Systems research partnership focuses on developing next generation antennas that will revolutionize satellite communications for many industries including aviation and aerospace.

At Isotropic Systems Limited Professor Hao is developing the first truly ‘broadband’ low-profile antenna with fully electronic beam steering, easily scalable to effective apertures and can be designed to match almost any desired form factor. Designed for satellite broadcast, VSAT, microwave, multipoint wireless and 5G broadband communications, the antennas are low cost and have no moving parts to adhere to the stability requirements of mobility.