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March 13th, 2017

Cobham's Ka-band Antenna Will Support Telenor's THOR 7 HTS

Norway’s Telenor Satellite and Cobham have signed an agreement for the supply of SAILOR Ka-band antenna systems to support growth of the new generation HTS service, THOR 7— Oslo, Norway-based Cobham partner Pyxisat, will provide delivery, installation and maintenance services to Telenor as part of the agreement.

Artistic rendition of the THOR-7 satellite.

Image is courtesy of SSL.

THOR 7 features up to 25 simultaneously active spot beams providing coverage for high-speed maritime broadband across the North Sea, Red Sea, Baltic Sea, North Atlantic, Persian Gulf and the Mediterranean. The agreement with Cobham enables Telenor to secure high performance and reliability on THOR 7 by providing the most advanced Ka-band antenna systems available today to its diverse user-base, which spans the offshore, shipping and superyacht segments.

Cobham’s innovative SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka antenna is expected to count for the majority of installations under this supply agreement. Based on an award winning super-light, high performance Ka-band VSAT platform, the system is designed to deliver best in class performance on Ka-band networks including THOR 7. Featuring a 60cm reflector dish and weighing just 37 kg, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka enables a wider range of vessels to leverage the power of THOR 7, by offering significant installation and performance benefits. SAILOR 900 VSAT Ka and SAILOR 900 VSAT Ku are also included as part of the agreement (the latter for customers utilising capacity on Telenor’s Ku band networks).

COBHAM's SAILOR 600 VSAT Ka antenna.

Based on the same software-defined SAILOR VSAT technology platform, all SAILOR VSAT antennas streamline installation and maintenance. Common features include 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’. Dynamic Motor Brakes remove the need for mechanical brake straps, ensuring antenna balance in no-power situations at sea or during transport. Recent additions include Shock and Vibration Monitoring, which provides valuable data on the stresses the antenna system is under, helping with planned maintenance and ultimately availability of service.