Intelsat declares the compact 45 cm antenna class FlexMaritime
Pictured above are 45 cm terminals from KNS and Intellian that are now qualified for the FlexMaritime network, which offers data speeds of up to 6 x 2 megabits per second (Mbit / s). They are optionally supplied with a separate or integrated antenna control unit (ACU) and an ST Engineering iDirect modem.
The antennas are small enough to carry aboard ships and easy to install, according to the company. They enable “everything from access to online weather forecasts in real time to live streaming of the“ catch-of-the-day ”on social media”. Connectivity is provided by the network, which provides global coverage over 140 satellite beams.
“Our new 45 cm antenna class at FlexMaritime is a new, highly innovative offering in the maritime market,” said Shane Rossbacher, Intelsat director for maritime products. “By combining the new 18-inch antenna technology with FlexMaritime’s global HTS satellite network, we have given smaller commercial and recreational vessels easy and cost-effective access to the same great connectivity using a smaller, more affordable antenna form factor.”
“With Intelsat’s new 45cm FlexMaritime antenna class, users everywhere can get unmatched performance with ubiquitous coverage, so more ships around the world can take advantage of the high-throughput capabilities of Intelsat’s global network,” added Rossbacher.
Sea tests were carried out earlier this year on board the Esvagt Innovator, an emergency and rescue vehicle.