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July 11th, 2016

Cobham SATCOM's Latest SAILOR VSAT Terminal BUCs The System Is Easier And More Affordable

Sailor 900 VSAT High Power

Cobham SATCOM's newest version of their SAILOR 900 Very Small Terminal (VSAT) Ku-band antenna's now has a new Block Up Converter (BUC). This new addition makes it easier and more affordable simply because there is no extra need for additional hardware.

The new antenna has the potential for satcom service providers to deliver higher uplink bandwidths. And in warm and humid climates the antenna still delivers without needing air conditioning in the antenna, even when the radiated power level increases from 8W to 20W.

This SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power provides a new alternative to the standard SAILOR 900 VSAT in order to meet requirements from shipping companies for high Service Level Agreements (SLA), especially when a dual antenna configuration is required due to obstructions that cannot be overcome by setting up blocking zones.

The increasing demand for higher data throughput on the uplink to satellites (‘sending’ from the vessel) has triggered demand for antenna systems with higher power RF performance. Because the new 20W BUC is designed by Cobham it integrates with the SAILOR 900 VSAT in all environments. 

The SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power antenna system comes factory-tested, balanced and ready-to-go with standardized RF and there is need for only one cable between antenna and below-deck.

All SAILOR Ku-Band VSAT antennas have been tested to work on HTS services, including Intelsat’s EpicNG. Additionally, despite the higher power BUC, the SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power is prepared for conversion from Ku- to Ka-band operation on services like Inmarsat Fleet Xpress® or Maritime Ka-Band on THOR 7 from Telenor Satellite.

Cobham SATCOM offers the new benefits of SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power to existing SAILOR 900 VSAT users, through specially developed SAILOR Conversion Kits. Customers can move from SAILOR 900 VSAT to SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power and additionally from SAILOR 900 VSAT High Power to SAILOR 100 GX. This provides high levels of flexibility for service providers, enabling them to offer a cost-effective migration path to alternative satellite services in order to meet their customers’ changing requirements.