The “Affordable” Phased Array Antenna 🗓

— that will enable 5G and other applications

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Meeting Date: December 7, 2018
Time: 7:00 PM Networking; 8:00 PM Presentation
Speaker: Will Theunissen, Facebook Connectivity Labs
Location: Redondo Beach, California
Cost: none
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Summary:
For longer than two decades phased array designers have promised low cost approaches to phased array antennas. With LEO and MEO SATCOM constellations planned for service in the next few years, the demand for steerable beams with large apertures is going to require delivery on these promises. 5G requirements for array antennas have resulted in commercially viable volumes for those beamformer ICs. Even though SATCOM apertures are large, needing large numbers of modules, affordability continues to be a challenge. The talk will focus on Facebook Connectivity Lab (FBC) array antenna development and efforts working with beamformer IC suppliers to support the FBC mission of connecting the unconnected with SATCOM one of the potential vehicles. The talk also describes the lab and field testing of electrically steerable phased array antennas designed for implementation in multilayer circuit board architecture.

Bio: Will Theunissen was born in South Africa. He received the B.Eng. and M.Eng. (cum laude) degrees from the University of Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch, South Africa, in 1988 and 1990, respectively, and the Ph.D. degree from the University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa, in 2000, all in electrical engineering. He is currently an Antenna Engineer at Facebook Connectivity Labs in Northridge, CA. Previous employment includes Principal Engineer with Lockheed Martin Commercial Space and Researcher at The Ohio State University ElectroScience Laboratory, Columbus. His research interests include reflector and phased array antennas and software development for antenna synthesis and design.