Kymeta unveils portable satellite terminal

KyWay Go terminal
The KyWay Go satellite terminal system is designed to be set up within four minutes. (Kymeta Photo)

Redmond, Wash.-based Kymeta Corp., the communications company backed by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, says it’s starting to roll out a ruggedized portable terminal that’s designed to be set up for satellite links within four minutes.

“Commercial and government customers have shown great interest in a portable KyWay satellite terminal for use in defense, oil and gas, and first responder applications,” Nathan Kundtz, Kymeta’s founder, president and CEO, said in a news release issued March 13 at the Satellite 2018 conference in Washington, D.C.

Kundtz said Kymeta has deployed a larger version of its KyWay flat-panel, electronically steered terminal system to more than 20 customers in 10 countries. The portable rig, called KyWay Go, is expected to widen the system’s appeal for mobile applications.

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