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QuadSat drones test satellite antennas

19 Jan 2019, 00:44 UTC
QuadSat drones test satellite antennas
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SAN FRANCISCO – QuadSat, a Danish company focused on testing and calibrating satellite antennas with quadcopters drones, plans to recruit satellite engineers with 700,000 euros ($796,000) raised in a seed investment round announced Jan. 16 led by a Danish investment fund and with support from Seraphim Capital.
“We intend to expand our technical expertise,” Joakim Espeland, QuadSat co-founder and chief executive, said by email. “We will also expand our recently established UK office.”
Founded in 2017 in Horsens, Denmark, QuadSat opened an office at the Harwell Space Cluster, after participating last year in Seraphim Space Camp, a nine-week accelerator program for space technology startups.
Satellite communications antennas undergo extensive testing in factories, dedicated test facilities and in the field to prove they can establish and maintain communications without interfering with adjacent satellites. Often, ships and aircraft are taken out of service during these tests.
“That is not always practical,” Espeland said. “In the case of large cruise liners, this is generally done en route, which involves a satellite engineer having to be onboard for a stage of the normal journey. This costs a considerable amount both in terms of housing the engineer and paying for time onboard.”
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