Archives: March 2017
It was all smiles at the Satellite 2017 show in Washington, D.C. The three-day exhibition included over 350 companies from all over the world and is one of the most critical shows in the satellite industry. Norsat International is a Satellite trade show veteran as they have been attending the show for over seven years. This year was especially exciting as Norsat launched new Ka-band BUC and LNB solutions on the opening day. Both new and existing customers stopped by Norsat’s booth to check out the ATOM 50W Ka-band BUC and the 4- and 5- band LNBs, an industry-first. The news spread quickly and soon a steady stream of intrigued show goers came by the Norsat booth.
New Ka-Band Product Solutions on Display
The ATOM 50W Ka-band BUC is the latest addition to the ATOM portfolio ideal for military SATCOM as well as commercial applications. It is available in either single or dual-band configurations and provides up to 50W of saturated power (over 25W @ Plin). Covering transmit frequencies in both Military and Commercial bands (30.0-31.0 GHz and 29.0-30.0GHz, respectively) the ATOM 50W BUC can be configured to suit operation on any Ka -band satellite.
The ATOM 50W BUC is up to 20% smaller, 50% lighter, and 50% more energy efficient than alternatives. It is ideal for a wide range of applications including TWTA replacement, Satellite News Gathering, transportable VSAT, SATCOM on the Move, and Radar. The ATOM 50W also includes ATOMControl, the same Management and Control software that powers the full ATOM Ku and Ka family of products.
The 9000I4-4 and 9000I5-4 series of LNBs extends Norsat’s single, dual, and triple band LNB offering and represents an exciting new part of the Ka product solution. Available both in internal and external reference model families, these two new product series will cover bands from 17.2 GHz to 22.2 GHz. Gain flatness is +/-2.5 dB, noise figure of 3.0 dB max, and input and output VSWR maximums of 1.5:1 and 2.2:1 respectively – all packaged in a lightweight and space-efficient form of 11.2 cubic inches of volume and weighing 550g. An upgraded multi-band LNB controller, which will drive both families of LNBs using 22KHz tone and output volume completes the system to provide a comprehensive multi-band LNB solution.
Rugged and Reliable: Norsat’s Satellite Terminals
In addition to the new microwave products, we featured two of our most popular satellite terminals, the GLOBETrekker and Journey Manpack. Customers from Hughes, Toshiba, and foreign military dropped by the booth to learn about what Norsat had to offer. Military show goers commented how they liked that the GLOBETrekker satellite terminals were raised off the ground which kept components dry and that it has the ability to integrate multiple modem types which can support future/evolving network needs. Available in auto-acquire and assisted acquire, Norsat’s satellite terminals are a fan-favourite, especially in military applications. The photo on the right shows Norsat Business Development Manager, Aaron Titus, demonstrating LinkControl, an intuitive, flexible, and powerful software unique to Norsat’s satellite terminals to potential clients.
A Shoutout to our Partners at Satellite 2017
Norsat’s microwave products were seen throughout the show and not only at Norsat’s booth. Below are some images of our microwave products in action. Thanks to Viking Satcom, OrbitCS, TVCComm, and General Dynamics SATCOM for featuring Norsat ‘s microwave products with their satellite terminals!
The Future of Satellites: Industry Discussions
More than 14,000 satellite communication professionals attended the conference and exhibition making it one of the largest shows in the satellite industry. It was great to see that the conference was filled with insightful discussions and that the trade show floor was packed with ground-breaking technology. There were plenty of talks around recent developments with Low Earth Orbit (LEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) services and the future of collaboration and differentiating services. 11 new Ku- and Ka-band Non-Geosynchronous Orbit (NGSO) systems have been filed at the FCC so it will be interesting to see what direction satellite companies will make with these recent developments.
But All Good Things Must Come to an End
Overall, the Satellite 2017 show was an absolute success! The Norsat sales team connected with some familiar faces and some new faces. Our sales team enjoyed educating show goers about what Norsat had to offer in the communications industry. It was a fun and exciting show and we hope to see you again at next year’s Satellite show!