Through a contract with ATLAS Space Operations, Miles Space demonstrated to the US Air Force its coherent combining software operating on a phased array ground terminal downlinking GEO and LEO satellite signals. The algorithm was used on digitized RF data before the data reached a commercial modem for decoding. As judged by the modem, real-time coherent combining eliminated grating lobes.
Dynamic coherent combining breaks constraints of phased array mounting. Arrays can be created from flexible structures, even operating while vibrating, tolerating off-plane rotation while still coherently combining signals, expanding mounting options on a mission.
Scientific missions benefit from placement flexibility, letting the science needs dominate.
CisLunar and deeper missions need high delta-v. Craft mass is lowered by using this algorithm to perform phase shifting on low mass, low volume deployable phased array antennas, raising delta-v.
Phased arrays let the commercial market obtain licensing in an ever more crowded orbit and this technology makes phased arrays far more economical and practical.
Military projects will benefit from this technology as well. The dynamic aspect of the software responds quickly to changing signal conditions, tolerating sudden changes due to damage, increasing resiliency and overall advantage.