Hakan Olsson, VP Maritime for satcoms innovator Kymeta, was at FLIBS to provide an update on this eagerly anticipated flat panel antenna technology.

Promising reduced footprint, faster speeds, all at a competitive price, Olsson revealed the first superyacht prototype is set to appear on board a vessel at the 2016 Monaco yacht show.

Being brought to the superyacht market via exclusive partner, e3 Systems, Kymeta is set to deliver download speeds of 180mb/s and upload speeds of 40mb/s at sea.

Olsson (left) and Horner (right)

The first parts have recently been received from Japanese behemoth Sharp and the first ever prototypes are being assembled within three weeks. January will then see testing begin with satellites, and following the Monaco unveiling, Kymeta is set to be commercially available by summer 2017.

Roger Horner, e3 System's general manager, said the to-market date meant 2018 delivery schedules were factoring this exciting technology into their builds.

Apparently consultations have already taken place with the design teams of Feadship, Lürssen, Royal Huisman and Benetti, with lots of discussion about its burgeoning potential to be incorporated into superstructures and hull panels. If this can be achieved, its impact on design could be profound.

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