[Satnews] Spacepath Communications (‘Spacepath’) returned to CABSAT (Stand #ZE4-55) and SATELLITE 2016 (Booth #746) with an expanded product portfolio that included rack-mounted touch-screen traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA), Ku- and Ka-band series ultralinear, high efficiency TWTAs and a lightweight SAT-BUC, all on display for the first time. In North America, Spacepath was represented at SATELLITE 2016 by its newly announced joint venture with Polarity Inc, Stellar Satcom.
Continuing to set the pace in high power satellite uplink performance and anticipating customer-driven demands, the company behind the Stellar family of high power outdoor amplifiers has developed new products for the fixed Earth station and transportable satellite broadcast uplink markets.
Spacepath’s new product line-up includes:
STR Series Rack Mount Touch-Screen TWTA: Indoor rack-mount traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTA) covering C-, X-, Ku- & DBS-band with an output power of 400, 500 and 750W. The 4U high amplifiers feature a touch-screen TFT front panel to provide an easy-to-use visual interface for monitoring and controlling the amplifier. The panel displays the HPA’s operational status, including power output and temperature, graphical displays of parameter trend analysis and event logs. Local and remote diagnostics can also be easily performed via a built-in Ethernet network interface.
Ku-band Satellite Block Upconverter (SAT-BUC): The 150W BUC model is the smallest, lightest and most power efficient in its class. The amplifier is fitted with a L-band input and an auto-sense internal 10MHz source. It is available for immediate shipment in single thread and redundant systems.
STA1341 Series: A new 400W Ku-band antenna mount, outdoor HPA incorporating a peak power TWT with an integrated linearizer assembly. The STA1341 amplifier offers ultralinear performance in a small, lightweight and power efficient package. It is fitted with Ethernet and web browser capability. The amplifier can be provided in single thread and redundant configuration.
STA 3252 Series: A new 500W Ka-band Outdoor TWTA, the lightest amplifier on the market, weighs only18kg. The amplifier is offered in 27.5-30GHz and 30-31GHz bands and includes Ethernet/web browser and an optional uplink power control. The amplifier can be provided in single thread and redundant configuration.
Applications for Spacepath’s high performance uplink amplifiers cover all mission-critical segments including satellite newsgathering (DSNG), flyaway or truck-based systems, fixed earth stations and military satellite communications.
Newton Burnet, managing director, Spacepath Communications, said, “Following our acquisition of the Stellar range of HPAs from e2v Technologies, we’ve progressively innovated by listening to our customers to design and develop high quality products that meet their demanding requirements. Spacepath now combines the proven performance of the Stellar range of amplifiers with new product innovation and first-class, international customer support.”