Industry recognition for sophisticated new SAILOR 60 GX maritime antenna.
NATION HARBOR, MARYLAND - Cobham has won the
prestigious Mobile Satellite Users Association's (MSUA) 2016
Top Maritime Mobility Satcom Innovation award, recognising
the SAILOR 60 GX antenna system as one of the most innovative
maritime VSAT systems ever developed.
The SAILOR 60 GX is a brand new 60 cm-class antenna system for
Inmarsat's Ka-band Fleet Xpress - the maritime service offering of
the new Global Xpress High Throughput Satellite network. With
SAILOR 60 GX, Cobham SATCOM has achieved the perfect balance
between size and connectivity performance. Weighing just 82 lbs/37
kg, the SAILOR 60 GX user terminal features one of the lightest
Ka-band maritime antennas and boasts class-leading radio
performance to ensure a reliable link to the satellite and more
availability of communication services across larger sea areas. For
maritime vessels with space and/or budget restrictions a new SAILOR
60 GX combined with a SAILOR FleetBroadband system is the perfect
hardware platform for Inmarsat's new generation maritime satcom
"We're delighted that the MSUA has highlighted the innovative
design of the newest addition to the established SAILOR VSAT
portfolio. With SAILOR 60 GX, our design engineers have leveraged
the spot-beam architecture of Inmarsat Global Xpress, which
encourages smaller reflector dish sizes and therefore the potential
to reduce the size and weight of on board antennas. Our approach
has potential to considerably expand the maritime VSAT market,"
said Casper Jensen, Vice President for Business Development at
SAILOR 60 GX is based on an advanced new lightweight carbon
fibre composites/aluminium design. It retains the same performance
and installation benefits that have established SAILOR VSAT
antennas as clear technology leaders. Specific innovations of the
SAILOR 60 GX technology platform include: Precision reflector
dishes, Direct Motor Drives using high torque stepper motors,
single cable between antenna and below deck equipment, Automatic
Azimuth Calibration, and Automatic Cable Calibration to eliminate
Cobham SATCOM's unique SAILOR 60 GX innovations combine to
deliver numerous benefits to maritime end-users. By providing a
reliable, high-throughput link to the Global Xpress network from a
smaller antenna package, SAILOR 60 GX supports a wider range of
vessel types to i.e., save money on bunker costs by optimising fuel
consumption; improve environmental footprint by reducing harmful
exhaust emissions; streamline equipment maintenance tasks through
remote monitoring; collaborate with experts on shore with always
available voice calling and videoconferencing; contact loved ones
more often and for less cost.
"SAILOR 60 GX delivers unmatched RF performance for its
reflector size, meaning the high bandwidth of the Fleet Xpress
service can be enjoyed fully, even on the edges of coverage,
despite a smaller antenna. Both SAILOR 60 GX and its stablemate
SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka for Telenor's European Thor 7 network enable
more vessels and fleets operating on lower communication budgets to
harness the power of reliable, flat rate, high bandwidth satellite
connectivity on board," adds Jan Kragh Michelsen, VP Maritime
Business Development, Cobham SATCOM.
The award was presented at yesterday's MSUA Satellite 2016
luncheon at National Harbour.
About Cobham SATCOM
Providing dependable communications and internet access
anywhere under the most demanding conditions.
Our satellite and radio communication terminals perform in the
most challenging and remote environments on land, at sea and in the
We design and manufacture these high performance products under
the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR and Sea Tel brands providing
customers with outstanding performance, value and support through
our global sales and service network.
The most important thing we build is
We protect lives and livelihoods with our
differentiated technology and know-how, operating with a deep
insight into customer needs and agility. Our innovative range of
technologies and services solve challenging problems in harsh
environments across commercial, defence and security markets, from
deep space to the depths of the ocean, specialising in meeting the
growing demand for data, connectivity and bandwidth.
We employ more than 12,000 people on five continents,
and have customers and partners in over 100 countries, with market
leading positions in: wireless, audio, video and data
communications, including satellite communications; defence
electronics; air-to-air refuelling; aviation services; life support
and mission equipment.