Horizon Technologies, a global provider of airborne Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) products for NATO and Allied governmental end-users, has been issued a patent (US 10,727,932 B2) by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
This patent covers Horizon Technologies’ fundamental Xtender technology that allows the smallest cubesats and UAVs to detect, geolocate, and intercept Sat Phone communications, remotely, from a miniature software-defined radio (SDR). This is Horizon Technologies’ 2nd registered patent.
John Beckner, the company’s CEO, said, “This new patent for our transformational Xtender technology represents a key milestone for Horizon Technologies. Xtender enables the users of even the smallest UAVs to have the same Sat Phone SIGINT capability of larger UAVS and manned aircraft. Even more importantly, our patented Xtender technology is one of the building blocks of our Amber CubeSat constellation and Maritime Domain Awareness (MDA) space-based intelligence system. Our Amber CubeSat constellation, will not only have the ability to geolocate L-band emitters like Sat Phones, but actually allow for the real-time demodulation of the signals. This capability is unique in the emerging field of LEO (Low Earth Orbit) CubeSat-driven SIGINT. We also believe that the issuance of this patent enhances Horizon Technologies’ ability to attract financial and industry strategic partners to help further the company’s continuing profitable growth.”