Advanced 60cm antenna platform delivers high-speed broadband over Ka-band VSAT services, even for smaller offshore vessels
OilComm 2015, Houston - Cobham SATCOM will show
its new cutting-edge range of super-light, compact Ka-band VSAT
antennas to the Oil & Gas industry for the first time at
OilComm 2015 (booth #603). The leading satcom antenna developer's
all-new SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka are based on a unique
high performance Ka-band VSAT platform designed to deliver best in
class performance on Inmarsat's new Global Xpress® network
world-wide or on Telenor Satellite Broadcasting's THOR 7 High
Throughput Satellite (HTS) services in Europe.
Sharing the same advanced design and lightweight carbon fibre
composites/aluminium construction, the SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600
VSAT Ka weigh just 82 lbs/37 kg. Whilst being some of the lightest
Ka-band antennas in the 60cm class, both retain the performance and
reliability of larger SAILOR VSAT and GX antennas, already
recognised as leading technology solutions for maritime broadband.
For offshore vessels with space restrictions, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka
and THOR 7, and the combination of SAILOR 60 GX, SAILOR
FleetBroadband and Inmarsat Fleet Xpress meet the demand for fast,
reliable connectivity and voice calling to support operational and
Joining the extensive Cobham SATCOM VSAT antenna portfolio,
which already includes 100cm (39.37 inches) class antenna systems
for Inmarsat and Telenor's new services, the smaller, lighter
SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka are easily lifted or carried on
board for installation. This can reduce costs significantly and the
use of modern, lightweight materials that make easy handling
possible, does not affect link performance. In fact, like all
SAILOR VSAT antennas, SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka offer
class leading RF radio performance, which ensures high reliability
and availability of broadband on board.
The SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka also introduce other
significant installation benefits, especially for smaller offshore
vessels and workboats, which can now operate smarter through
harnessing the power of HTS services. The optimal size/performance
balance of Cobham SATCOM's new antennas is possible because HTS
services use spot beams instead of wide beams, so with advanced
engineering and software design, they can operate anywhere in the
satellite footprint and provide a strong link to the satellite.
Installation of both new antenna systems is easy, thanks to a
wealth of features and details unique to the SAILOR VSAT technology
platform, including a single cable between antenna and below deck
equipment for RF, power and data, Automatic Azimuth Calibration and
Automatic Cable Calibration. Both antennas come pre-configured for
their specific satellite network, which enables 'one touch
commissioning', meaning they can be online in seconds with no
requirement to contact the Network Operations Centre (NOC).
Additionally, the use of Dynamic Motor Brakes inside the antennas
removes the requirement for mechanical brake straps, ensuring
antenna balance in no-power situations at sea or during
"SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka support smaller offshore
vessel owners to streamline their spend on communication
technology, whilst ensuring access to the best connectivity to help
them to operate smarter and more cost-effectively," says Jens
Ewerling, Director, Maritime Broadband, Cobham SATCOM. "The
spot-beam architecture of Ka-band HTS networks encourages smaller
reflector dish sizes and therefore reduces the size and weight of
the antenna. By reducing the cost and complexity of installation
and enabling the best RF performance, we are opening the door for a
more diverse maritime VSAT market."
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.