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MILCOM 2017: Military Communications, a Key Market for Norsat

Posted on Tuesday, October 31

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Military communications has always been a key market for Norsat. Whether it is supplying reliable ground satellite terminals or providing customized SWaP satellite component designs, Norsat and military communications seem to work hand-in-hand. From October 23-25, 2017, Norsat exhibited at the MILCOM 2017 show in Baltimore, Maryland.

The three day conference and exhibition was themed “Military Communications and Innovation: Priorities for the Modern Warfight”.

Located in booth #1026, Norsat featured its GLOBETrekker 2.0 ground satellite terminal. This terminal is the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal and includes the easy-to-use LinkControl software for automatic satellite acquisition. Its compact and lightweight design makes it simple to maneuver and transport. Built to military specifications, the GLOBETrekker 2.0 is the tool operators rely on for mission critical communications anywhere on the planet.

As well, the new Ka-band satellite components were on display at Norsat’s booth. The 50 watt Ka ATOM block upconverter (BUC) and the 4-and 5-band low noise block downconverters (LNBs) offer a complete package for Ka-band. These innovative products are compact and offer excellent reliability to any system. For more information about Norsat’s Ka-band offering, please visit www.norsat.com/ka-band.

Norsat products and case studies were featured in the October issue of Satellite Market Briefs which was distributed at MILCOM. The Market Brief report highlighted trends in the growing ground satellite terminal market and the increasing demand of custom products. To read the Market Brief, please click here. 

Overall, the show was a hit! Lots of badges were scanned and visitors were interested in the overall product offering that Norsat could provide. MILCOM was a great event and we hope to showcase our new products at next year’s show!


WHITE PAPER: A Basic Guide to Cavity Combiners

Posted on Tuesday, October 24

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A new white paper is available for download! Written by Mike Macki of Sinclair Technologies, this white paper provides an overview of the basic types of cavity combiners. In order to understand how combiners operate, it is important to have an approximate idea of how cavities and transmission lines work.

The cavity combiner is an important tool for joining multiple signals onto a single path or for separating these signals onto individual paths. This paper will describe how resonant cavities are used to accomplish this.


Satellite Innovation Symposium: Discussions about the Future of the Industry

Posted on Thursday, October 12

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The 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium was buzzing with great minds and thought-provoking ideas. Hosted at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California, the event brought together innovators and market experts in the satellite industry. The sessions were enlightening and ranged from “Ground-Based Ecosystems of the Future” to “Satellite Constellations – the New Roles of LEO & MEO”. The symposium included keynote speakers, Mark Dankberg, Chairman & CEO of ViaSat, and Greg Wyler, Founder and Executive Chairman of OneWeb. Overall, the sessions were very informative and extremely relevant to today’s satellite market.

On display at Norsat’s booth was the Journey Manpack satellite terminal, ATOM BUCs and SSPAs, and the newest addition to the LNB family, the 4- and 5- band LNBs. Though the attendees were mainly from the space industry, Norsat was well-prepared to represent the ground satellite equipment side of the industry. At the booth, the Journey Manpack was front and center, showcasing its ultra-portability and compact design. As well, visitors were interested in the ATOM BUCs and SSPAs as its SWaP features lends itself well to challenging and remote applications. Lastly, the new 4- and 5-band LNBs were praised for their versatility and adaptability to most systems. All products on display were well-received by attendees.

In conclusion, the 2017 Satellite Innovation Symposium was a great networking event! Both Norsat representatives, Daniel and Marcos, enjoyed their time at the Symposium and were able to network with major industry professionals. They appreciated that many key companies were at the Symposium and that the sessions were insightful and provided valuable information. Thank you to SatNews Publishers for putting on a great event!


Norsat Newsflash – Oct 2017

Posted on Friday, October 6

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Microwaves & RF Article: Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna

Written by Mehdi Ardavan of Norsat International, this article explains how to determine the power density of a radiating parabolic reflector antenna in the far- and near-field regions to meet safety requirements. It uses existing methods to estimate these parameters, which are then compared with industry standards, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) OET Bulletin 65 or Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, to determine the safe distance. Read the full article on Microwaves & RF.

Norsat Discusses ATOM Amplifier Line in the COTM Market in the Latest Issue of Via Satellite

Norsat had the opportunity to be interviewed as a part of the “Amplifier Firms Eye SmallSat, Ka-band Opportunities” article. The article discusses the many challenges that amplifier providers overcome while competing in a rapidly developing market. Read what Norsat has to say about the ATOM amplifier line and the future of the amplifier industry.


Celebrating 40 Years at Norsat

2017 is a significant year for Norsat as it marks the 40th anniversary of Norsat as a successful business! On Thursday, August 10, Norsat celebrated this major milestone with a beautiful afternoon boat cruise around downtown Vancouver. Read more about the event and check out the special photo gallery at the end of the post


GLOBETrekker on Display at DSEI: The World’s Leading Defense & Security Event

Located in London, DSEI attracts over 34,000 people including Defense Ministers, International Military and Armed Forces, key industry players, and private sector companies. Norsat participated at DSEI under the Canadian Pavilion in hall N4. It was four days of action-packed seminars, new technology, and unique exhibits. DSEI is a large and significant show representing the entire supply chain for defense and security.


Norsat Helps Feed Vancouver’s Homeless and Low-Income Families at UGM BBQ

The sun was shining and it was a great day at the Union Gospel Mission Annual Summer BBQ, Saturday, July 15th at Oppenheimer Park in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. Norsat was once again proud to be a corporate sponsor of this annual event that fed more than 5,000 meals to the downtown eastside residents who are homeless, at risk of homelessness, as well as low income families.




Median BUC Series – In Stock!

The MEDIAN BUC Series of Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) are designed with both performance and economy in mind. This new BUC series is suitable where size, weight and power constraints are not as stringent and they are ideal for VSAT, broadcast, maritime and portable terminal applications. The Median series of BUCs comes in 16W, 25W, and 40W options, is currently available in Ku-band frequency and can be customized for your needs. The Median series is quality you asked for at a price you will like!

  • 16W, 25W and 40W output power
  • Premium performance and reliability
  • Full monitor & control capabilities
  • 2 year warranty



Norsat LNB Video Series, Episode 1: How to Choose A LNB

Learn basic information about how to choose LNBs and how to avoid common misconceptions when reading a LNB spec sheet.



Milcom 2017

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Oct 23-25, 2017
  • Visit us at booth #1026

China Satellite 2017

  • Beijing, China
  • Oct 25-27, 2017
  • Visit us at booth #70-71

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ARTICLE: Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna

Posted on Tuesday, October 3

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Norsat’s article, “Determining the Safe Distance from a Reflector Antenna”, is featured in the October issue of Microwaves & RF. Written by Mehdi Ardavan, RF Antenna Engineer of Norsat International, this article explains how to determine the power density of a radiating parabolic reflector antenna in the far- and near-field regions to meet safety requirements. In this article, existing methods are used to estimate these parameters, which are then compared with industry standards, such as the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) OET Bulletin 65 or Health Canada’s Safety Code 6, to determine the safe distance. To learn more on how to determine the safe distance from a reflector antenna, click here for the full article.

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