You dont have javascript enabled! Please enable it!


The Innovation for Defence Excellence (iDEX) initiative has announced the winners of its DISC 8 (Defence Innovation Startup Challenge) program. The spotlight shines on Antsys Innovations, a company poised to revolutionize satellite antenna technology.

iDEX has recognized Antsys Innovations as the winner for its groundbreaking proposal. The company will develop a unique origami-based L/P band Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) antenna specifically designed for small Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites.

The concept behind Antsys’ antenna is fascinating. By drawing inspiration from the art of origami, they aim to create a deployable antenna that remains compact while stowed onboard the satellite. Once deployed in space, the antenna will unfold, revealing its full functionality.

Another key aspect of the DISC 8 challenge focused on miniaturization techniques using Additive Manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing. It appears that Antsys’ proposal also incorporates AM techniques to create a miniaturized on-board antenna system, further enhancing efficiency and reducing satellite size and weight.

The successful development of these technologies by Antsys Innovations has the potential to significantly impact the space industry:

  • Smaller Satellites, Lower Costs: Miniaturized antennas and deployable designs can lead to the development of smaller, lighter satellites. This translates to reduced launch costs and opens doors for wider constellation deployments.
  • Enhanced SAR Capabilities: L/P band SAR antennas offer advantages in capturing all-weather, high-resolution images. This data is invaluable for applications like disaster monitoring, environmental observation, and resource exploration.

The DISC 8 challenge and Antsys Innovations’ win highlight the crucial role of iDEX in nurturing innovation within India’s defense and aerospace sector. By supporting promising startups, iDEX is helping India develop cutting-edge technologies that can propel it to the forefront of the space race.