Cobham launches ‘next-gen’ antenna platform

The SAILOR 1000 XTR Ku is the first of a new generation of software-controlled antenna systems in the new SAILOR XTRTM antenna platform line from Cobham SATCOM.

SAILOR XTRTM integrates the SAILOR VSAT technology into a new platform with new software and electronic capabilities that prepare it for operation in future satellite constellations in LEO, MEO, GEO and HEO orbits. The 1 meter antenna has a new simplified and robust base for better antenna performance and easier and simpler conversion between Ku and Ka bands.

SAILOR XTRTM is prepared for the Internet of Things. Integrated IoT data protocols such as Message Queuing Telemetry Transport (MQTT), Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP) and RESTful API could make SAILOR VSAT and SAILOR XTRTM antenna systems a self-reporting element in a typical Satcom / IT solution – up-to-date detailed antenna information and enable preventive maintenance. This helps ensure uptime, increases the efficiency of the IT systems on board and contributes to optimized ship performance.

A new Ethernet port in each SAILOR XTRTM overdeck unit enables new connectivity options. Solution partners could use this to integrate third-party devices such as cellular transceivers and Wi-Fi access points. The additional data of these devices are safely transmitted with up to 1 Gbit / s to an Ethernet port of the SAILOR XTRTM lower deck unit. The antenna is also supplied with a new XTR Antenna System Control Module (ASCM) in which a hardware encryption key chip is mounted. The XTR ASCM is networked with all other modules and motors via a star-shaped network topology to ensure fast data exchange and reliability. It is important that only Cobham-signed software is accepted that makes it impossible for others to read the private key programmed into the key chip and thus protect the antenna from possible cyber attacks.

In addition, SAILOR XTRTM’s true single-cable solution not only manages Rx, Tx and power over a single coaxial cable, but can also transmit high-speed data from a third-party device that could be mounted inside the antenna to the lower deck. To ensure first-class uptime, the antenna platform also features Cobham SATCOM’s Rapid Deployment Technology. This ensures a fast, problem-free rollout for ship owners and operators as well as improved and comprehensive self-diagnosis for optimal performance and reliability.

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