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Technologically advanced triband satcom radome

Virginia, USA

The General Dynamics LiveTV radome is a technologically advanced composite satcom radome. Designed to transmit data across three bandwidths (K, Ku and Ka), the radome achieves enhanced levels of speed and connectivity for inflight wi-fi and two way communications.

TenCate Advanced Composites worked in partnership with General Dynamics, the radome designer and manufacturer, in providing a material solution that would allow the enclosed antennae to transmit and receive radio frequency signals across a broader range of bandwidths. Other design considerations included consistency in signal transmission across all parts, longevity, and also cost effectiveness.

TenCate TC250 is an epoxy based thermoset prepreg that offers an excellent balance of toughness, low dielectrics, mechanical property translation and hot/wet performance. Combined with a quartz fabric, this advanced composite material solution provided excellent mechanical performance whilst maintaining cost effectiveness.

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