Kymeta and Intelsat Join Forces

Kymeta, IV’s first metamaterials spinout, joins forces with Intelsat to enable next generation satellite applications. Pairing the Intelsat Epic Global HTS satellite platform with Kymeta’s high performance metamaterials antennas will accelerate and simplify access to cost-effective satellite solutions for a range of applications.

Intellectual Ventures (IV) has the world’s leading portfolio of metamaterials intellectual property, and has spent almost a decade developing in this area. In 2012, after two-years of technical development inside IV Lab, IV recognized the enormous potential of the metamaterials satellite antenna technology and launched spinout company Kymeta to commercialize the technology.

Kymeta’s mTenna technology uses tunable metamaterials elements to steer radio frequency (RF) beam and keep it aimed at a satellite. An RF signal is propagated along the surface of the elements, which are selectively activated by software to scatter the energy in a desired direction. This RF beam can be steered in real time to maintain a satellite connection, and the technology’s compact form means that it can be placed just about anywhere.

Kymeta and Intelsat, the world’s leading provider of satellite services, today announced an agreement to design and produce innovative, flat, electronically steerable, KU-band satellite antenna solutions that are optimized for the Intelsat Epic high throughput satellite (HTS) platform. Pairing the Intelsat Epic Global HTS satellite platform with Kymeta’s high performance metamaterials antennas will accelerate and simplify access to cost-effective satellite solutions for a range of applications.

Read the more about Kymeta and Intelsat agreement, here.

To learn more about IV’s work in the field of metamaterials, visit the Metamaterials Commercialization Center website.