Next generation SAILOR VSAT technology enables high-speed broadband on yachts and motorboats
Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2015,
Florida - Cobham SATCOM is showing its new 60cm Ka-band
VSAT antenna systems to the US boating community for the first time
at Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2015 (Electronics
Pavilion 368-370). The all-new SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka
are based on a unique super-light, 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 yachts and motorboats 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 from
owners, guests and crew for maritime Internet closer to that
experienced on land.
Joining the extensive Cobham SATCOM VSAT antenna portfolio,
which includes 100cm (39.37 inches) class antenna systems for the
new Inmarsat and Telenor Ka band HTS services, the smaller, lighter
SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka are easily lifted or carried
onto a yacht and installed without taking up too much precious
space. This can reduce installation costs and the use of modern,
lightweight materials does not affect performance. In fact, like
all SAILOR VSAT antennas, SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka offer
class leading RF 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 recreational
vessels, 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
"We're pleased to bring our unique new antennas to Fort
Lauderdale, following a successful initial showing to the European
boating market. With SAILOR 60 GX US boat owners can now consider
moving to the high throughput broadband connectivity offered by
Global Xpress, and enjoy speeds and reliability close to that
delivered using much larger VSAT antennas, wherever they are in the
world. With SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka, anyone making a summer Atlantic
crossing, or who has a boat stationed in Europe can choose the same
connectivity benefits in the Med, North Sea or Scandinavia using
the THOR 7 service," says Jens Ewerling, Director, Maritime
Broadband, Cobham SATCOM.
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.