Intellian Invests $100M in Satellite Tech & Signs Contract With OneWeb

By Rachel Jewett | April 28, 2023
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From left: Signe Pringle, deputy secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce; Eric Sung, CEO & president of Intellian; Marc Elrich, Montgomery County executive; and Tae-Sup Byeon, deputy of minister, of South Korea’s Ministry of SMEs and Startups. (Photos: Intellian)

Satellite terminal manufacturer Intellian has opened a new Advanced Development Center (ADC) in Montgomery County, Maryland, and is making a $100 million investment into R&D for satcom technologies. This new site in Maryland is officially open and is the company’s first and only U.S. research and development center. 

The center will host radio frequency (RF) engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering, and validation engineering for product development of phased array antennas and user terminals. It also has integration labs to host test campaigns with partners’ products. Intellian plans to grow the team at the site to more than 70 people by the fourth quarter of this year.

A 1.2 m class Ku/Ka electronically switchable, multi-orbit VSAT terminal designed for military applications

Intellian CEO Eric Sung said it was a strategic decision to host the site in Montgomery County, calling it “Satellite Valley” for the number of satellite companies nearby.

“With an ever-increasing interest from enterprise, government, and maritime customers for phased array antennas, the $100 million commitment to the development of this product portfolio is a key point of growth and expansion for Intellian. We look forward to strengthening Maryland’s position as a focal point within the global satellite communications industry,” Sung said. 

This comes after Intellian also recently announced an expansion of its Singapore office, relocating it to a larger development so it can more quickly deliver and install maritime products.

This week, the company shared news of a contract with OneWeb—LEO (Low Earth Orbit) satellite communications company—to begin mass production of Intellian's OW11FL user terminals in the fourth quarter of this year. The OW11FL can electronically scan a wide field of view and facilitate beam and satellite handovers. It is an electronically scanned array (ESA) flat panel user terminal, the sixth product in the company's OW series.

This article was originally published by Via Satellite, a sister publication to Avionics International. It has been edited. Click here to read the original version >>

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