Challenges of Satellite Communication
Power: A fundamental limitation of all space activities where more power traditionally equals more data, but it’s hard to produce, hard to store, and hard to manage.
Pointing: Getting the data to the right place on the ground. Directional radio beams yield more data, but turning the satellite or antenna is complex and costly.
Mass: Every kilogram placed in orbit is precious. Large antennas provide more data, but traditional deployable antennas are heavy and complex.
Minimize all three to get more data per dollar.
Simple “omnidirectional” antennas for small spacecraft
Low power and low mass but very low data rates
Directional parabolic antennas
All of these require precise pointing and complex deployments. Advanced phased array “beamforming” antennas have wider coverage and steerable but high power, complex, and costly.
Our Solution: Big data from Small Spacecraft
FreeFall is pioneering lightweight, low power, steerable antenna systems that provide big data at the lowest cost.
Inflatables for ultra-low mass and volume
Large aperture for high gain
Electronic beam steering for maximum data return
Spherical reflector for wide field of view