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Cobham to add new 60cm Ku-band antenna

Cobham has announced that a Ku-band version of its SAILOR 60cm antenna technology platform will be made available this summer, the SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku, which will be aimed at expanding its customer reach to end-users for whom more traditional 1m systems are not suitable.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The system has the capability to roam between Ku band wide beams and spot beams, including High Throughput Satellite (HTS) constellations utilising spot beams, such as Intelsat’s EpicNG.

Based on a carbon fibre composites/aluminium design, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku can be installed without the need for a crane in port and includes that ability to configure dual antenna installations without the need for additional hardware.

Diagnostics and automatic event reporting for service providers are another feature of the antenna, with SNMP (Simple Network Management Protocol) Traps used to improve the reporting of antenna events to shore, bolstered by real-time event reporting support.

The software included with the SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku also integrates shock and vibration monitoring, to provide data on the stresses the antenna system is under, to inform maintenance planning.

“The new SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is enabling service providers to meet the growing demand for high-speed maritime broadband on a wider range of vessel types and size,” said Jens Ewerling, director, maritime broadband, Cobham SATCOM.

“Our world-class engineering team has designed a whole new high performance RF package to ensure that the SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku can be deployed anywhere in the world, giving even smaller vessels on rough seas a viable VSAT solution that delivers the performance needed for today’s demanding, data-centric maritime applications and crew communication.”{/mprestriction}

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