Kymeta’s pizza-box antennas pass tests at sea

Antenna replacement
An artist’s concept shows the bridge of the White Rose of Drachs before and after installation of Kymeta’s antennas. The antenna visible in the right image replaces the antenna domes visible in the left image. (Kymeta / e3 Illustration)

Kymeta Corp. — a company based in Redmond, Wash. and backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates — says it’s conducted successful sea trials of its streamlined antenna system for broadband communications.

The trials were performed over the past several months in the Mediterranean Sea on a super-yacht known as the White Rose of Drachs, in cooperation with Kymeta’s Spain-based distribution partner, e3 Systems.

Word of the trials emerged today during the buildup to the Monaco Yacht Show, scheduled Sept. 27-30.

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By Alan Boyle

Mastermind of Cosmic Log, contributor to GeekWire and Universe Today, author of "The Case for Pluto: How a Little Planet Made a Big Difference," past president of the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing.

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