Next generation SAILOR VSAT technology enables high-speed broadband on yachts and other small vessels
generation SAILOR VSAT technology enables high-speed broadband on
yachts and other small vessels
Monaco Yacht Show 2015 - The team at
Cobham SATCOM is unveiling a new generation of 60cm Ka-band VSAT
antenna systems at Monaco Yacht Show this week. 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 new Inmarsat Global Xpress® and Telenor THOR 7
High Throughput Satellites (HTS) services.
Sharing the same advanced design and lightweight carbon fibre
composites/aluminium construction, the SAILOR 60 GX and SAILOR 600
VSAT Ka weigh just 37kg. Whilst being the lightest antennas in the
60cm VSAT 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, fishing
vessels, short sea shipping and ships 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 already includes 100cm class antenna systems for 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 significantly 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 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 craft,
which can now operate smarter through harnessing the power of HTS
VSAT 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, and Automatic Azimuth Calibration
and Automatic Cable Calibration for unique 'one touch
commissioning'. 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
"The spot-beam architecture of Ka-band HTS networks encourages
smaller reflector dish sizes and therefore reduces the size and
weight of the antenna. Also, 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," says Jens
Ewerling, Director, Maritime Broadband, Cobham SATCOM. "With SAILOR
60 GX and SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka smaller vessels and recreational craft
can now consider moving to the high throughput broadband
connectivity of their choice, and enjoy speeds and reliability
close to that delivered using much larger VSAT antennas."
Telemar Yachting, a subsidiary of CG Telemar will be the first
Cobham SATCOM partner to show the innovative new SAILOR 60 GX
antenna system, at Monaco Yacht Show (stand QS48).
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.