Walton De-Ice is excited to introduce its new first-of-a-kind Walton Portable Radome product for satellite earth station antennas. The Walton Portable Radome protects antennas from weather effects such as rain, sleet, snow, ice, winds, sandstorms, and hail. It can be rapidly deployed in just hours, unlike conventional radomes in its class size, and at cost-savings.
The Walton Portable Radome offering a uniquely deployable weather protection solution for C-Band, X-Band, Ku-Band, and Ka-Band applications such as military vehicular mount and coms-on-the-pause (COTM) terminals, VSATs, transportable uplinks for first-responders, and disaster recovery networks. According to David Walton, Vice President for Walton De-Ice, and inventor of the product, “Whether a network mission requires keeping a SATCOMS terminal on air in a 70 mile-per-hour wind storm, sandstorm, blizzard, hail, or torrential rains, the new Walton Portable Radome helps make satellite networks more survivable and deployable into extreme or harsh environments for military or civilian networks.” (see video below with 85 mile-per-hour-wind) "The Portable Radome can also be used for fixed site ground networks, including LEO/MEO constellation ground infrastructures, where our solution can deliver gateway site cost-savings and other advantages compared to traditional solutions,” Walton adds.
It employs the same field-proven, virtually RF transparent, and hydrophobic Architectural Fabric antenna cover materials used in Snow Shield and Ice Quake antenna covers deployed in military and civilian satellite antenna de-icing and weather protection systems around the globe. The initial release is designed for satellite earth station antenna reflector structures under 4 meters in size.
LEO and MEO Systems - Tracking Antenna Protection
Walton's Portable Radome also offers cost-savings versus conventional radomes for some classes of LEO/MEO antennas. It can be optimized for LEO/MEO tracking antennas at 35-40% lower cost than conventional radomes. To remove snow, most radomes require hand removal by workers using a snow rope. "Unlike conventional radomes, we can use the Walton Ice Quake/Rain Quake system on our Portable Radome to eliminate water sheeting that other radomes experience, and shed off snow or ice," explains David Walton. "Walton’s 10x8 Portable Radome only requires 45 Watts of power to keep water, ice or snow from accumulating. Heat easily transfers through the Portable Radome to keep it free of any ice or snow, with no strings (or snow ropes) attached."
Depending on the antenna size, the Portable Radome can also be installed with less shipping cost and labor expense. An installation can be done in two hours by two workers with tools, where a similarly sized conventional radome may take a day or two and requre a crane (see Photo).