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Helix Geospace secures £3m for mass production of GNSS antennas

January 3, 2022  - By
Photo: Helix Geospace

Photo: Helix Geospace

Helix Geospace, an innovator in antenna and RF technology, has raised £3 million seed funding in a round led by Bloc Ventures and supported by the UK Innovation and Science Seed Fund (UKI2S).

Helix builds precision GNSS antennas that enable product designers to create small, accurate positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) synchronization products that defend against vulnerabilities and threats. Helix is also developing its antennas to provide navigation for autonomous vehicles.

Helix’s patented DielectriX antennas are targeted initially to receive PNT signals from GNSS (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou) constellations, and the Satelles STL (Satellite Time and Location) signals delivered over the Iridium constellation as well as Iridium’s voice and data network.

Future antenna variants will support low-Earth orbit (LEO) PNT services being planned and built by private companies, as well as government agencies, the company said.

DielectriX antennas discriminate true satellite signals from multipath signals, interference and jamming, delivering high performance in a compact and rugged form factor. Helix’s customers include defense, automotive, aerospace and critical infrastructure companies.

Helix previously raised £2.5 million from UKI2S and angel investors, and has participated in Wayra UK’s Intelligent Mobility Accelerator programme and Seraphim Capital’s Space Camp Mission 6. Helix also received additional grant funding for advanced antenna development from the European Space Agency, and for anti-jamming/spoofing technology from UKI2S.

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.