e3 Systems' Dual Cobham SAILOR 800 VSAT Installation Ensures Reliable Connectivity for Cayman Registered Catamaran
Systems' Dual Cobham SAILOR 800 VSAT Installation Ensures Reliable
Connectivity for Cayman Registered Catamaran
17 July, Copenhagen - Maritime satcom service provider and
Cobham SATCOM partner e3 systems, has recently completed the unique
installation of a dual SAILOR 800 VSAT system atop the 60
degree rotating mast of a stunning 33.3 m catamaran in France.
The catamaran's mast is designed to rotate 30 degrees to port
and starboard, a design choice for many multihull yachts taken to
enhance downwind performance in addition to sail handling. This
posed a challenge for e3's antenna installation engineers because
the antenna heading will change from the boat's heading, which if
not accounted for can cause loss of service.
e3's Engineering Manager in Mallorca and lead installer for the
project in France, explains how the team overcame this issue and
ensure the catamaran would experience 24/7 availability of its
connectivity and voice services. "The challenge was to provide a
heading reference relative to the actual heading of the mast. This
needed to be a simple reliable solution with the accuracy required
by the dual antenna installation. We engineered a compact fluxgate
compass to the underside of the carbon fibre antenna bracket,
having tested the accuracy and any effect from the movement of the
SAILOR 800 VSATs. This combination achieved the perfect solution
for this specific application."
The 83cm SAILOR 800 VSAT system was chosen for the installation
as it provides comparable radio performance to antennas in the 1m
category, yet is much smaller, lighter and less power hungry. The
dual system ensures high system redundancy and service availability
should line of sight of a single antenna to the satellite be
SAILOR 800 VSAT provides uniquely simple procurement and
installation in addition to top of the line RF performance. After
ordering a complete system with a single part number, the antenna
leaves the factory fully tested and configured, with all RF
equipment installed, which simplifies logistics for the service
provider and reduces the time needed on board for installation.
Also supporting the complex installation for e3, was the fact
that SAILOR 800 VSAT can be installed and commissioned without the
requirement for line-up or calling the Network Operations Centre
(NOC). It uses a single cable between antenna and below deck
equipment for RF, power and data, whilst advanced features such as
Automatic Azimuth Calibration (home flag) and Automatic Cable
Calibration, complete the unique ability to commission a SAILOR
VSAT antenna far quicker than any other antenna.
"Size, weight and power-consumption are all vital considerations
for any sailing yacht, especially when the installation requires a
dual antenna system," adds Danny. "However, Cobham SATCOM's
approach to delivery and a system design aimed at installation
convenience, helped to ensure a quick, successful project, even on
such a challenging job."
About e3 Systems
e3 Systems has been a leading, technology agnostic,
communications integrator in the yacht market for the past 20
years. e3's mission is to connect people globally using their
diverse portfolio of communication services including VSAT,
Inmarsat, Iridium, 3G, 4G and WiFi.
e3's HYBRID solution is controlled by the data management system
e3.ARMMS to control data service quality and costs. Data
distribution including IT, networks, service and support with
Standard and Enterprise solutions, covered by SLA contract support,
is also included.
e3 were the first to introduce a managed hybrid solution to the
yacht market ten years ago which is just one illustration of their
successive introductions to the industry of cutting edge solutions.
They also provide content including digital TV and IPTV,
newspapers, magazines and video.
e3 is involved with next generation technology and in particular
with the development of new communication technology using flat
The thirty plus strong team operates from the Med and the USA
with thirty global Partners. e3 is part of the large marine
electronics group grupoarbulu who have engineers
Remote service and support is just an email or phone call away
and the new client portal "my.e3s" provides access to all the
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.
Director, Maritime Broadband
+45 39558 820