The ultra-lightweight General Dynamics SATCOM Technologies 0.96-meter Quick Deploy Motorized Auto- Acquire (QDMA) Antenna is designed for worldwide transmit and receive operation in Ku, Ka and X-band. This portable antenna consists of a segmented composite reflector and motorized positioner mount. This configuration results in an extremely low-weight and packable antenna product with superior stiffness and high performance under wind loading conditions.

  • Controller with one button worldwide automatic satellite acquisition
  • No tools required for assembly or deployment
  • Ku, Ka or X-band feed
  • Motorized positioner mount
  • Intelsat, FCC and ITU sidelobe compliant


Product Details


The unique optical shape and accurate reflector surface provide good sidelobe and excellent cross-polarization performance. Repeatability is maintained with precision registration of the nine-piece reflector segments and RF components. The antenna can be quickly assembled by one person in less than ten minutes. The auto-acquire controller can find the correct satellite and optimize co-pol and crosspol performance with the push of a button. The antenna controller can be configured as a multi-functional device combining several options such as external GUI, monitor and control, spectrum analyzer and tracking.

The 0.96m QDMA antenna system, including a Stepped Ring Focus (SRF) feed, is packaged in one or two transit cases (depending on options ordered). The transit cases, designed to be checked as airline baggage, feature wheels and suitcase handles to ease relocation by one person.

  • Carbon fiber reinforced polymer (CFRP) reflector
  • Captive hardware/fasteners
  • No tools required for assembly or deployment
  • Superior cross-pol performance
  • Extremely low loss RF component mounting
  • Auto deploy, auto calibrate, auto stow controller with DVB-aided acquisition
  • Internal GPS receiver


  • Multiple colors (black, white, green, tan or other)
  • Transport case configurations
  • Beacon receiver and tracking
  • Spectrum analyzer
  • Ruggedized touch screen remote computer


Ku-Band 2-Port Linear Polarized
Ka-Band 2-Port Circular Polarized
X-Band 2-Port Circular Polarized
Electrical Receive Transmit Receive Transmit Receive Transmit
Frequency (GHz)
10.700 - 12.750
13.750 - 14.500 20.200 - 21.200 30.000 - 31.000 7.250 - 7.750
7.900 - 8.400
Antenna Gain, Midband dBi 39.20 41.20 43.10 45.10 34.50 35.00
Sidelobe Compliant with
FCC requirements*
FCC requirements*
FCC requirements*
Return Loss 15.9 dB
15.9 dB
17.7 dB
17.7 dB
17.7 dB
17.7 dB
Antenna Noise Temperature
5° Elevation
10° Elevation
20° Elevation
40° Elevation
85 K
75 K
68 K
63 K
  192 K
149 K
117 K
96 K

89 K
74 K
69 K
67 K
Pattern Beamwidth (in degrees at midband)
-3 dB, at midband
-15 dB, at midband
Cross Polarization Isolation
On Axis
Within 1.0 dB beamwidth
35 dB
30 dB
35 dB
35 dB
24.8 dB
24.8 dB
24.8 dB
24.8 dB
23.2 dB
23.2 dB
18.8 dB
18.8 dB
Power Handling
100 W CW
100 W CW
500 W CW
Output Waveguide Flange Interface
WR-75 Flat
WR-75 Flat  WR-42 Flat  WR-28 Flat  WR-112 Flat  WR-112 Flat 
RF Specification


Reflector Material Nine-piece carbon fiber composite
Antenna Optics Axis-symmetric stepped ring focus
Azimuth Travel ±120°
Elevation Travel -1° to 91° (5° to 85° operational)
Polarization Travel ±90°
Pedestal Structure Cable-driven elevation-over-azimuth aluminum construction
Shipping Configuration Two rugged airline checkable cases
Shipping Weight 30 in. x 20 in. x 11.5 in. at 65 lbs. each


Wind Loading - Operational (anchored) 30 mph (48 km/h) gusting to 45 mph (72 km/h)
Wind Loading - Survival (with tie-downs) 50 mph (80 km/h) any position, 80 mph (129 km/h) in stow position with reflector removed
Pointing Loss (operational winds)
2 dB peak Rx loss at Ku-band
Operational Temperature -22° to +140° F (-30° to +60° C)
Survival Temperature -40° to +160° F (-40° to +71° C)
Relative Humidity 100%(outdoor duty)
Solar Radiation 360 BTU/h/ft2 (1000 Kcal/h/m2)
Shock and vibration tolerant to conditions encountered during shipment by airplane, ship or truck. Atmospheric tolerant to conditions encountered in coastal regions and/
or heavily industrialized areas.