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Intellian launches Ku- to Ka-band upgradeable GX antenna

Intellian has launched a new Ku-band VSAT antenna which will be upgradable for use with Inmarsat Global Xpress Ka-Band after that service is launched.

The 1 meter, 3-Axis Ku-band v110GX antenna features an optimised Ku-/Ka-band antenna reflector and radome which the company says can be "easily" changed to be used with the Global Xpress service after Inmarsat’s I-5 Ka-band satellites are launched and operational in 2014.

The modular GX Conversion Kit includes the GX BUC/LNB assembly, GX Feed Assembly and GX ACU, incorporating the modem.

The pedestal and new mounting architecture have also been designed to support conversion to Ka-band by manually replacing the RF Module and Feedhorn inside the radome.

The GX BUC/LNB assembly is attached to the rear side of the reflector, with no requirement to re-balance the system.

Once the ACU is replaced and power is supplied, the system will be immediately ready and operational for the Global Xpress service. A gyro-free satellite search function enables the v110GX to acquire and lock onto the satellite without requiring separate input from the ship’s gyro-compass.

Intellian says that the entire conversion can be done in the field with minimal time and expense.

Intellian’s has also developed an antenna control program, based on its Antenna Remote Management System (ARMS) and Software Development Kit (SDK), to enable remote monitoring and control of the antenna, for service providers, operators and end users.

In addition, the v110GX is equipped with the Intellian Global PLL LNB as standard, which is capable of receiving all global Ku-band satellite signals by using programmable L.O. frequencies.

"We are extremely pleased to have Intellian as an official Global Xpress equipment manufacturer," said Frank Coles, president of Inmarsat Maritime.

"Their upgradable version of their current 1m Ku-Band antenna, combined with the development of native Ka-Band 60cm and 1m antennas, provides maritime customers with choices today and in the future."

The v110GX will be commercially available from July 2012.

This is the second upgradeable Ku- to Ka-band antenna announced for the Global Xpress service, with Sea Tel’s 4012 system, announced in 2011, scheduled to be commercially available by the end of Q1 2012.

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    The v85NX, which is the first 85cm antenna to be certified on the Thor 7 network, will benefit from the same airtime pricing as 1m antennas. As service provision for smaller antennas is usually more expensive owing to their lower gain, this recognises the performance of the v85NX and makes it a competitive choice for customers looking for a compact design with low capital and operational expenditure.

    Offering up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams, the Thor 7 service is designed to provide optimal HTS Ka-band VSAT connectivity across Europe, covering busy shipping lanes in the North Sea, Norwegian Sea, Barents Sea, Baltic Sea and Mediterranean Sea.

    Jan Hetland, director, Data Service Division at Telenor Satellite, said: “We’re delighted to welcome Intellian’s v85NX antenna to our leading Thor 7 service. A satellite service providing high-powered performance for maritime applications requires premium hardware, and Intellian’s NX Series systems have a range of attributes which position them at the forefront of antenna technology, reflecting Telenor Satellite’s forward-looking service provision. We look forward to working together in delivering outstanding global communications to our loyal customers.”

    A major advantage of the RF design of NX Series antennas is that dual antennas, often employed to avoid the satellite being obstructed by vessel superstructure, may be easily configured thanks to the mediator built into the ACU. Before, a separate mediator unit was required. The antennas can be easily converted between Ku- and Ka-band by swapping out the centre-mounted RF assembly and feed, and there is also a range of BUC options – 5W and 10W for Ka-band and from 8W to 25W for Ku-band – which are interchangeable with no need to rebalance the system following their installation.

    Eric Sung, Intellian CEO, commented: “This certification from Telenor Satellite, and the competitive price bracket in which Telenor has placed the v85NX, underlines the performance and versatility of our NX Series antennas. New customers can purchase a v85NX antenna pre-configured for Ka-band off the shelf, while users who already own a v85NX antenna on a Ku-band network can easily convert it to Ka-band operation for use with Thor 7. We are delighted to join with Telenor in facilitating flexible, high-speed communications across Europe.”

    NX Series antennas are shipped pre-slung to facilitate installation, and the use of modular components common to the entire antenna range has cut the number of spare parts required by up to 40 per cent. This in turn simplifies maintenance, enhances reliability and brings about further cost savings for end users.

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