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Redmond, Wash.-based Kymeta says a Spanish company known as e3 Systems will be its exclusive global distribution partner for flat-panel satellite antennas designed for the yacht market. Sea trials of the antennas began on superyachts last month and will continue over the summer on both sailing vessels and motor yachts. In a statement, Håkan Olsson, Kymeta’s vice president for maritime, said “the commitment and insight that e3 has provided over the last three and a half years has been very valuable to Kymeta.” Kymeta’s flat-panel mTenna systems can also be used for satellite communications with airplanes, connected cars and other vehicles. They might even show up on the satellites themselves. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is among the investors in the privately held company, which was spun out from Intellectual Ventures in 2012.

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