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Cobham simplifies dual GX antenna installations

The new system can integrate two SAILOR 100 GX antennas on a single modem unit The new system can integrate two SAILOR 100 GX antennas on a single modem unit

Cobham SATCOM has created an integrated below decks system to simplify Inmarsat Fleet Xpress installations that use dual Ka-band antennas to combat satellite blocking from the ship structure or other deck equipment.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}The new system can integrate two SAILOR 100 GX antennas on a single SAILOR GX modem unit (GMU) and automatically switch between those antennas, rather than requiring the installation of two modem units alongside a mediator to manage switching. The GMU also controls failover to FleetBroadband when out of Ka-band coverage.

Cobham says that this set-up should significantly reduce the cost and complexity of dual antenna installations of this type, eliminating the need to add a 19-inch rack unit to house the below decks equipment previously needed to operate a multiple-antenna configuration.

The new system has already received Inmarsat type approval for use with Inmarsat GX satellite systems, and supports the single cable set-up used for SAILOR antennas.

“Multiple antenna installations can be complex to plan, install, commission and manage. While we have worked closely with the industry to simplify the process for existing satellite networks and frequencies, the same blocking issues persist for Global Xpress,” said Jens Ewerling, director, maritime broadband, Cobham SATCOM.

“The SAILOR GX Antenna Diversity Solution meets a specific demand in the market as it is a simple and highly cost-effective way for service providers to optimise Fleet Xpress and secure the most reliable service for the end-users.”{/mprestriction}

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