Wavestream announces the first in a series of Ka-band solutions for LEO/MEO gateway market


Wavestream has announced the first in a series of Ka-band solutions for LEO/MEO gateway market.

Wavestream has released an industry-leading Ka-band 160W Peak Envelope Power BUC for LEO/MEO gateway applications. The new BUC provides 65W of linear power. Leveraging Wavestream’s patented Spatial advantEdge™ technology, this new gateway-focused BUC reaches power levels that could previously be achieved only by traveling wave tube amplifiers. Using the latest in GaN chips, Wavestream BUCs provide best-in-class performance with the smallest SWaP.

The 160W BUC provides major technical and operational advantages for satellite operators with global LEO/MEO constellations.

“As satellite operators move to low orbit constellations, the market is demanding innovative solutions with high volume manufacturing, to support a significant growth in the number of ground teleports,” said Bob Huffman, General Manager at Wavestream. “As the industry leader in Ka-band SSPAs, Wavestream is now at the forefront of providing new state-of-the-art solid state power amplifier technology to meet these customer needs.”

SSPA technology provides a lower total cost of ownership and far better fielded MTBF data than legacy traveling tube wave amplifiers. This enhanced reliability is a critical requirement for LEO/MEO networks with hundreds of gateways in remote locations that cannot be easily serviced.

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