Cobham SATCOM introduces the brand new era antenna platform – ShipInsight
The satellite antenna specialist at SATCOM has launched its new SAILOR XTRTM antenna platform. The SAILOR 1000 XTR Ku is the first of a new generation of software-controlled antenna systems designed for rapid deployment, operational reliability, simplicity and first-class radio frequency (RF) performance.
Developed and designed by Cobham SATCOM, SAILOR XTRTM integrates the best of SAILOR VSAT technology into a new platform with state-of-the-art software and electronic capabilities designed to operate in future satellite constellations in LEO, MEO, GEO and HEO orbits to prepare. 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.
The antenna 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 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 uptime, the antenna platform also has the Rapid Deployment Technology from Cobham SATCOM. This ensures an easy rollout for ship owners and operators as well as improved and comprehensive self-diagnosis for optimal performance and reliability.
Jens Ewerling, Product Manager, VSAT, at Cobham SATCOM said: “By developing SAILOR XTRTM, a reliable, agile and powerful VSAT solution, Cobham SATCOM has once again set the standard for the future of maritime satellite communications. In a time of unprecedented uncertainty and technological complexity, the new advanced science underpinning SAILOR XTRTM will allow ship owners and operators greater simplicity while improving performance. Ultimately, this will give them more time to focus on business-critical problems, while at the same time providing them with the data they need to find cost-effective solutions to address and analyze a wide variety of complex problems. from transparency to environmental sustainability to the welfare of seafarers. “
Cobham SATCOM has already successfully installed the first SAILOR 1000 XTRTM Ku on a ship operating in rough Scandinavian waters. The installation was completed on the Pearl Seaways in the presence of the owner DFDS. This latest product launch follows the successful installation of more than 15,000 SAILOR VSAT antennas in the field over the past decade, with the company’s solutions long established on all types of ships and on all oceans.