NASA has signed a license agreement with Mobile Antenna Platform Systems Inc. to commercialize a portable antenna platform the company designed toÂ provide users satellite-based tracking functions forÂ unmanned aerial vehicles.
The space agency said Friday the platform is built to constantly rotateÂ approximately 60 pounds of antennas, transmitters and receivers andÂ eliminate the need forÂ additional load-balancing hardware.
The platform also features auto-tracking software that uses targets’ global positioning system locations to maintain line-of-sight link, NASA added.
Jason Pottinger, director of business strategy at Mobile Antenna Platform Systems,Â said Academic Technology Ventures will support the launch of the patent-pending platformÂ which will work toÂ expand UAVÂ use and applications.
NASA said the platform is intended for use inÂ other applications such as atmospheric and university research, marine communications, satellite trackingÂ inÂ multiple frequencies and weather balloon tracking.