Precision-Drive Antenna Systems

Quasonix Precision Drive 6-foot antennas (PD450)

Flexibility, Durability, and Innovation

Quasonix offers a series of Precision Drive (PD) pedestals utilizing reflectors from 3 feet to 20 feet in diameter, which can be easily integrated with RF and optical payloads for a wide range of telemetry tracking applications.  The PD series of positioners and the ACU1000 antenna control unit (ACU) are designed and manufactured to operate in extreme environments, incorporating modular designs and industrial grade products, conceived with long service life, minimal maintenance and robust performance in mind.

Innovations include advanced L/S/C-band E-scan feeds, improved Cassegrain design with vertex positioned feed, HyperTrack™ accurate digital tracking, advantageous use of new SEGR and IRIG DQM and DQE, new interference filtering and mitigation, advanced Target Simulation, new Ground Station Analyzer, iNet compatibility, EVTM (Ethernet Via Telemetry), TDD (Time Division Duplex uplink), and more.

Key Features

  • Complete Tracking Antenna Systems 
    Quasonix offers the entire system: pedestals, reflectors, feeds, motors, servos, slip rings, acquisition aids, and the industry’s most full-featured antenna control unit—all backed by the legendary Quasonix technical support 
  • Modular Pedestal Design 
    Robust tracking systems are available to support reflectors from 3 feet to 20 feet in diameter; Quasonix has right-sized antennas for fixed, mobile, or portable applications 
  • Plano-Centric Drive Systems 
    Advanced design delivers positioning accuracy and repeatability to 0.01 degrees; sealed gearbox housings require no adjustments and have provided flawless operation for 20 years—and still counting 
  • Simultaneous Transmit and Receive 
    Quasonix offers simultaneous tracking on downlink signals with uplink transmission to the target vehicle; user has independent selection of antenna polarization, as well as the RF transmit/receive bands 
  • Antenna Control Unit (ACU) 
    Accepts pointing data from remote customer slave sources; server based local ACU allows for slaving of one PD series to another and enables tracking from user provided files of predicted or projected data 
  • Conical Scanning or Electronic Scanning 
    Bulletproof conical scanning provides the lowest cost and highest possible C/T, while electronic scanning mitigates tracking jitter due to signal modulation induced by motion of the target vehicle 
  • Seamless Multi-band Operation 
    Covers Lower L, Upper L, S, and C bands all in one unit; no feed swapping

Product Literature

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Transportable Antennas Slideshow2023.10.231:55Quasonix antennas are going places, through innovative engineering that allows for greater size, mobility, and utility, while maintaining extended durability and jitter-free precision tracking. This slideshow gives you a taste of the ways we are responding to customers’ needs. You CAN take it with you.

ADAPT™ PD750 Datasheet2023.10.13Features and specifications for Quasonix’s ADAPT™ (Auto Deployable Antenna Positioning Technology) PD750 HyperTrack™ antenna. This 12-foot (3.7-meter) system has a compact, portable stored configuration and simple, automated deployment, for the ultimate in mission readiness anywhere in the world.

HyperTrack™ Antenna Datasheet2023.10.12Features of the HyperTrack™ line of telemetry antennas and the accompanying HyperTrack™ Antenna Control Unit (HTAC), plus available feeds and specifications.

Delivered: Eleven HyperTrack™ Systems in Seven Months2022.01.28QUASONIX CONNECTION February, 2022 Topics: – Delivered: 11 HyperTrack™ Systems in 7 Months – What is HyperTrack™ – Why Choose Quasonix?

Trailered PD450 Drone-Tracking Demonstration2021.01.055:57Using a 6-foot dish with a PD450 pedestal mounted to a trailer, we auto-track a drone, with near-perfect results.

Custom Portable Antenna Enclosure2020.12.316:51Look inside a custom portable enclosure including PD450, retractable roof, hydraulic lift, and interior control center.

User Manuals and Guides

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HyperTrack™ Software Manual1.02022.12.15Instructions for safely operating the Quasonix HyperTrack™ precision PD Series positioner, focusing on the local and browser-based user interfaces.

HyperTrack™ Antenna Periodic Maintenance Log2022.06.10Instructions necessary for monthly inspection, preventive and corrective maintenance, and alignment of the antenna system in accordance with warranty requirements. This form/log is to be executed monthly and sent to Quasonix to maintain the warranty agreement.

HyperTrack™ Antenna Local Control Pendant Manual2.0.12021.08.17Installation, operation, and troubleshooting of the HyperTrack™ Local Control Pendant, used to manually control motion of the azimuth and elevation axes of the HyperTrack™ Antenna System Pedestal.

Antenna Control Unit Manual1.5.22021.02.04Installation, setup, and use of the Antenna Control Unit (ACU) Graphical User Interface (GUI), for controlling Quasonix pedestal and portable telemetry antennas. Software Version 0.10.38

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