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Compact high-performance antennas for cubeSats and drones

19/06/2019 1478 views 0 likes
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Meet the ESA BIC start-up ANYWAVES at Paris Air Lab 20/6 and learn about their ultra-compact and lightweight high-performance antennas for nanosatellites and UAVs.

The company excels in designing, building, and operating complete connectivity solutions for aviation industry. Its core expertise is in aeronautics, satellite telecommunication, networking and weather science.

CubeSat S-band antenna , CubeSat X-band antenna and  UAV cellular antenna
CubeSat S-band antenna , CubeSat X-band antenna and UAV cellular antenna

ANYWAVES, created in April 2017, is a start-up specialized in the development of electromagnetic technologies, designs and manufacture antenna for drones and cubesats. It is a pure antenna design start-up focusing on solutions for New Space and professional drones. The company also provides expertise in electromagnetics to a number of clients.

Anywaves offers on-the-shelf antenna products, expertise and services on antenna structures and measurements, and design of specific antenna.

Watch Anywaves on France 24 here


On the shelf products
As a result of technology transfer from CNES, ANYWAVES has developed the following products, now off the shelf:

  • Two products for NanoSats: X-band antenna and S-band antenna
  • One product for drones: UWB antenna (2G, 3G, 4G, LTE) omni-directional antenna

A miniature antenna is affected by its carrier which can deteriorate its performances. ANYWAVES offers expertise service to support the clients during the integration which includes:

  • Analysis and optimization of the antennas on structure: helps the client to know the final antenna performance and optimizing the position of the antenna
  • Antenna measurements: provides a validation of the real performance of the stand-alone antenna
Anywave team
Anywave team

Specific antennas
Design of customised antennas to clients to provide a product optimised for the client`s specific mission. To achieve this, ANYWAVES, among other technologies, uses a patented technology of manufacturing on-demand dielectric substrates which are produces by 3D printing of low loss ceramics.

The start-up company has an EM high performance simulation set-ups (HFSS) to support the development of new designed antennas.

Anywaves team includes 8 people graduated with antenna PhDs and engineering degrees. The start-up aims at becoming a leader in development of miniature antennas for critical systems.

In addition to nanosatellites and UAVs, the company also envision to enter other market segments, e.g. for connected vehicles and IoT.

Hear ANYWAVES pitching at the INNOVATION STAGE 20 June 16:00-16:30

Meet the ANYWAVES entrepreneurs at the PARIS AIR LAB at Paris Air Show 20 June at their stand TRAVEL S12.  

PARIS AIR LAB -  Paris Air Show

After the success of its first edition 2 years ago, Paris Air Lab returns at the heart of the Paris Air Show, in the Concorde hall, with 3,000 m² dedicated to innovation and prospective in the aerospace, an industry decisively open to the future. Mobilities of tomorrow, AI, exploration and environment; Paris Air Lab will focus on major topics in the field.

Spotlight on industrial innovations and startups
Twelve booths are dedicated to 80 new comers: startups from more than 20 countries around the world display their projects and present their work. Discover important innovation programs through 12 collaborative booths around 4 key areas:

- ENABLE, focusing on innovative technologies in the industry
- PROTECT, dedicated to the sustainable aerospace industry
- TRAVEL, focused on the future of aeronautics mobility
- EXPLORE, featuring iconic space missions.

In the heart of Paris Air Lab, the booth «Understanding climate change» shows how planes and satellites contribute to the monitoring of climate change through embedded devices.

ESA Business Applications and Space Solutions

ESA’s Business Applications and Space Solutions programme has a network of 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres, 15 ESA Innovation Partners and 14 ESA Ambassadors throughout Europe. It co-funds projects and start-ups, while also offering technical and business support to companies that seek to deliver rapid innovation and to raise private investment.

Overall ESA spends €400 million a year on strengthening the competitiveness of European and Canadian companies in the global markets for both satellite communications andr downstream applications.

ESA BICs - World's largest ecosystem for space-related entrepreneurship
The ESA Business Incubation Centre Hessen & Baden-Württemberg was founded in 2007 and it part of the wider network of 20 ESA BICs throughput Europe.

The 20 ESA Business Incubation Centres (ESA BICs) form the largest ecosystem in the world for space-related entrepreneurship and have fostered over 700 start-ups throughout Europe. Spread across some 60 cities in 17 countries, more than 300 start-ups are currently under the two-year business incubation development booster programme.

The centres offer complete access to all aspects of space-related innovation, technology and intellectual properties and is a gateway to ESA and European space research and developments. Located in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, the Netherlands and UK, with more to open, over 700 start-ups have been fostered and another 180 new start-ups are taken in yearly to be supported under the two-years business development booster programme.

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