Archives: February 2013

What is Automatic Levelling and why is it amazing?

Posted on Wednesday, February 27

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In the Sesame Street generation we were constantly exposed to a multitude of 30 second educational snippets and taught (or maybe programmed)  to absorb copious quantities of material in a short amount of time. Unfortunately the side effect of being nurtured in an era of 30 second infomercials is that our attention spans are just as short.

When it comes to deploying a satellite terminal, there are many steps to perform and we have very little patience for each (even if one has an auto acquire terminal). Anything that can aid in speeding up a deployment by reducing the number of interactive steps involved is beneficial. Auto-levelling is that benefit.

What is auto levelling? Well in 30 seconds or less… Auto levelling accounts for the un-even position of the terminal by automatically compensating for the inclination of the reflector while the system is adjusting the azimuth. Auto leveling means you have one less thing to pay attention to when setting up your terminal. You don’t have to worry that the ground is perfectly flat or even relatively flat, you just need firm ground on which to put your terminal.  No need to worry that your terminal will miss the satellite.

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Now the longer version…. The process of setting up your satellite terminal usually consists of the following steps

  1. Pick a location that ensures a clear line of site to the satellite and somewhat level.
  2. Level your terminal
  3. Adjust the polarity
  4. Adjust the Inclination 
  5. Adjust Azimuth
  6. Fine tune the polarity
  7. Fine tune the Inclination 
  8. Fine tune the Azimuth

Many auto-acquire terminals focus on steps 3 – 8 and as far as I know step one will always be performed by a human.That leaves levelling.

Levelling is important mainly because you only have a few degrees of variance to actually hit the satellite. In many auto-acquire systems, the polarity is set first followed by the setting of the angle of inclination. Once the polarity and the inclination are set, the system will adjust the Azimuth. If the terminal does not have auto-levelling, then the reflector will rotate along the plane of the set inclination. That means that as your unlevelled terminal rotates you will have a high side and a low side in your plane of rotation; in other words your dish will be aiming closer to the ground at one point of the rotation and aiming higher at the other side. The variance between the high point and low point could make the difference between hitting the satellite and not. Auto-levelling accounts for the angled plane of rotation. That is, while your dish is rotating and moving towards the low side, the system will compensate by increasing the inclination and vice versa.

Norsat’s newly launched GLOBETrekker 2.0 includes auto-acquire and auto-levelling technology to provide quicker setup times, and more accurate and consistent alignment. For more information about GLOBETrekker or auto-levelling, please contact us.

Microwave Certifications

Posted on Monday, February 25

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Norsat is committed to providing high quality microwave communication equipment that conforms to industry performance and environmental criteria.  As requirements for certification evolve, we are responding with a proactive program of ensuring that our products meet evolving standards.

CE, RoHS, REACH Certifications

Certification requirements for microwave products vary by region and country.  CE certification has existed since 1993 and is a key indicator of compliance with EU legislation regarding safety, health, and environmental protection.  RoHS (Restriction of Hazardous Substances Directive) was has been in force since 2006 and is designed to restrict the use of hazardous materials in the manufacture of electronic equipment.   While RoHS focused on limiting 6 substances for some types of equipment, RoHS2 expands the scope of products which require certification and is now a mandatory requirement for CE certification.  Finally, REACH (Registration, Evaluation and Authorization of Chemical Substances) regulations are designed to track the use of over 140,000 chemical substances used in manufacturing processes.

Norsat Certification Update

Norsat is committed to delivering high quality products that are reliable, flexible, and trusted.  Our CE and RoHS certification process is on-going, with the bulk of our core product line already in compliance.  As of Feb 18 2013, we have achieved full CE, RoHS, RoHS2, and REACH certification (except where noted) on the following microwave product series : 

 

SERIES

TYPE

C BAND

 8000

DRO LNB

 3000*

PLL LNB

 3000X

XREF LNB

Ku BAND

 4000

 DRO LNB

 1000

 PLL LNB

 1000H

 PLL LNB

 1000XH

 XREF LNB

 HS1000

 PLL LNB

 15000L

 PLL LNB

 1081XRT

 8W BUC

 1020XRT

 2W BUC

 1041XRT

 4W BUC

 BDC-1000

 BDC

 BDC-1000X

 XREF BDC

Ka BAND

 9000

 DRO LNB

 9000H

 PLL LNB

 9000H-2

 PLL LNB

 9000X

 XREF LNB

 9000X-2

 XREF LNB

 7040STN

 4W BUC

X BAND

 XT1000

 XREF LNB

 X1000H**

 PLL LNB

 XT1000

 PLL LNB

 1000HU

 PLL LNB

 1000XU

 PLL LNB

* pending REACH
** pending RoHS2

As of Feb 18 2013, we are in progress to complete full CE and RoHS certification on the following microwave product series: 

 

SERIES

TYPE

STATUS

C BAND

LNA-8000

LNA

RoHS completed

BDC-3000

BDC

RoHS completed

BDC-3000X

BDC

RoHS completed

BPF-C-1

Band Pass Filter

RoHS completed

BPF-C-2

Band Pass Filter

RoHS completed

Ku BAND

2000

DRO LNB

RoHS completed

LNA-1000

LNA

RoHS completed

LNA-4000

LNA

RoHS completed

1401XRT

40W BUC

CE completed

Ka BAND

LNA-9000

LNA

RoHS completed

BDC-9000X

XREF BDC

RoHS completed

X BAND

LNA-X1000

LNA

RoHS completed


Click here
for an up to date listing and copies of our RoHS and CE certifications are available at.  Please contact us with any other questions regarding product certification.   

CEO Amiee Chan speaks at Local Elementary School

Posted on Friday, February 22

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Our CEO, Dr. Amiee Chan has is an accomplished engineer with over a dozen publications, 3 US patents, a PhD, and multiple award wins, mostly recently including the Women’s Executive Network Top 100 Award.  She has led Norsat through innovative product development and financial growth, but she’s also passionate about encouraging a new generation of women to pursue careers traditionally dominated by men.  

Recently Dr. Chan spoke to a group of young women at a Vancouver based elementary school about the importance of education and career development, using her own story as  an example.  This was a great chance for Dr. Chan to share her experience as a leader in the technology sector, and an opportunity for the young women to hear directly from the source what a career in leadership is like.  

The students were interested, polite, and asked some really great questions.  We wish them all the best as they continue their education!Ac1
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Norsat NewsFlash February 2013

Posted on Wednesday, February 20

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Introducing Sentinel RMC: Satellite M2M Solution

 

We’re pleased to announce our entry into the world of M2M (machine to machine) Solutions, with the launch of Sentinel RMC, a complete global end-to-end solution that includes equipment and communication services. Sentinel enables customers to monitor remote sites in real time, gaining operational efficiencies and improving safety.  Click to learn more about how Sentinel RMC, and  M2M solutions can help your business.

GLOBETrekker™ 2.0: Intelligent. Easy to use. Tough.

 
   

Introducing GLOBETrekker™ 2.0, our upgraded auto-acquire, fly-away satellite terminal!  New features include an easy to use one-touch interface, automatic levelling for all terrain deployments, field swappable components for maximum flexibility and more.  GLOBETrekker continues to use LinkControl’s powerful suite of user configured profiles to make field set up easy.  To learn more about GLOBETrekker 2.0, click here.

Norsat Microwave goes Airborne

As regulations for in-flight connectivity change, we know you expect to remain online wherever you are, even at 30 000 feet.  To meet this need, we’re now offering airborne BDCs and will soon introduce a full airborne product portfolio, including LNBs.  To learn more about the emerging airborne market and what we’re developing next, click here.

Customer Service in Action

Our customer support engineers provide 24x7x365 technical assistance to ensure your mission critical communications needs are met anytime, anywhere.  Recently they faced a challenge providing a communication link from Tonga, and succeeded in finding a creative solution despite a 48 hour deadline.  Read about their great work here.

New support resources: FAQs

 
   

We work hard to provide you with the very best customer support, so when you request online FAQs we make it happen!  You can now look online to find your top microwave product and satellite system questions answered, including tips for setup, installation, and troubleshooting.  Don’t see your question included?  Contact us and we’ll do our best to help and add it in.

Upcoming Events….

Spring is Event Season at Norsat, and we’d love for you to join us at any of these events.  Please contact us to set up a meeting, or just stop by to say hello!

Fort Belvoir IT Expo 
Date: Mar 07, 2013
Location: Ft. Belvoir VA
Join us at this military based expo of exciting new technology.

CABSAT 2013
Date: Mar 12 – 14, 2013
Location: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center
Booth: B2-42
We’ll have an SNG ROVER terminal on display, so come say hello at CABSAT.

Satellite 2013
Date: Mar 19 – 21, 2013
Location: Washington, D.C.
Booth: 5109,
Register for free with VIP Code NOR253, and visit us to see the new GLOBETrekker 2.0 and Sentinel RMC in action. 

UN/Red Cross Overseas Market Introduction
Date: March 20-22, 2013
Location: Geneva, Switzerland

NAB Show 2013
Date: Apr 08 – 11, 2013
Location: Las Vegas Convention Center, Las Vegas, Nevada
Booth: SU3404
Register for free with VIP code LV4299 and meet us at NAB to see our latest microwave solutions.

Oil & Gas Libya 2013
Date: Apr 22 – 25, 2013
Location: Tripoli International Fairground
We will be exhibiting with our partners at Digital Group, please contact us for details. 

 

Norsat Microwave goes Airborne

Posted on Thursday, February 14

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With the recent changes in regulations for in-flight connectivity, you will soon be able to go on-line whenever you want.  Norsat Microwave is soaring to 30 000 ft. to help you do this.

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At Norsat we aim to stay ahead of the curve, so as technology continues to change at a rapid pace we’ve taken our Microwave Component expertise and are working to design and produce “better than the regular grade” airborne products.   We have looked at the needs of the airborne market and decided, “we can build a better mousetrap,”  so we’re actively developing new products to meet or beat the required performance demands of this evolving market.  Norsat currently has a number of airborne BDC’s in the field and we are now working on a custom airborne LNB.  With our success designing custom products for C, Ku, Ka and X Band systems for Government, Military and Commercial use –  airborne is the next step and from there (excuse the pun) the sky’s the limit!

Airplane computerAbout two years ago several companies started seriously looking at launching airborne Satcom communications services.  As we entered a new phase of in-flight connectivity, approximately 1,300 aircraft worldwide were committed to their Ku-Band network allowing global coverage and capacity.  Due to the extremely competitive nature of the airline industry, companies began offering additional services over their competition to get passengers on board  This competition is increasingly intense on international flights where every carrier is vying to increase the number of passengers per flight.  With a high proportion of these passengers travelling for business, in flight connectivity is a must to enable the traveler to continue working during long hauls.  Satellite communications, therefore, become indispensable.  Through the use of mobile phones, laptops and tablets, the demand for wireless access to communications services in-flight is enormous.  

Going forward, the demand for bandwidth (Ku or Ka-Band), and satellite capacity will only increase as the number of aircraft and number of users increase.  It is estimated the number of connected aircraft will be 17,000 to 20,000 by 2025, and the momentum growing at an exponential pace.       

Ka-Band is expected to have global coverage by 2014, and several other recently launched systems have significantly higher capacity and performance, with substantially lower costs per bit than typical Ka or Ku-band systems.  This will change the way the industry looks at airborne satellite connectivity.  The pricing structure for in-flight services will probably depend on the options you request, but we expect it to be similar to the type of services you receive in your own home – faster services will be more expensive and available either by the hour or per flight.  As these services are still in their early days, the overall level of speed, costs and usability still needs to be leveled out and trials completed.   The FCC (Federal Communications Commission) is relaxing the rules on in-flight connections to ensure equal availability of these services on all airlines.

The two main Wi-Fi satellite providers (Gogo and SES) have decided to combine their services to offer more options for both domestic and international flights. These services are gaining in popularity around the world with a recent report by Global Industry Analysts indicating the market could be worth $1.85 billion by 2018.  

Norsat currently has Airborne BDCs available, and a full portfolio of airborne products is coming soon…watch this space…. Please contact us for further information.

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