The Tripod from Comat is an Antenna Pointing Mechanism with a lifetime of 10 years in low-earth orbit. This mechanism has a maximum pointing speed of 5 degrees/sec and a precision of 1 degree. It has an infinite azimuth rotation of 360 degrees and a pointing domain of +/- 74 degrees (elevation). The Tripod uses a Ø 220 mm high gain parabolic X-band antenna and has a data rate of up to 2 Gbps with low insertion loss. It features a unique parallel architecture that offers 3 degrees of freedom and has dual polarization through 2 RF cables without slip rings. The antenna pointing mechanism is ideal for the X band telemetry downlink to be flown onboard the next generations of earth observation satellites.