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The Ka-bandwagon

Posted on Thursday, February 12

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Earlier this week Norsat announced that we have shipped a prototype of our new ATOM 25W Ka-band BUC to a key defense customer. One of the comments in the announcement was that Ka-band communications offer higher throughput than Ku-band. NSR predicts that in global government and military and satellite communications the CAGR for spending on Ka-band will outpace that of Ku-band by over 15%. Does this mean that Ka-band is the better band? Not necessarily.

Ka-band does provide some significant advantages. End users benefit from the lighter weight of smaller aperture antennas. Higher throughput enables today’s bandwidth intensive applications. Providers are able to exploit opportunities for frequency reuse due to smaller beams, but there are some disadvantages too. Ka-band is more susceptible to rain fade, and changing out existing Ku-band equipment is costly. It is also worth remembering that Ku-band has its advantages too. Ku-band’s wide beams are able to provide broader geographic coverage, and the relative maturity of the market makes for lower equipment costs.

So, should you be jumping on the Ka-bandwagon? It really depends on your individual needs. Both Ka-band and Ku-band can be part of an overall communications strategy, and fortunately the ATOM line of BUCs and SSPAs is available for both!

For more information on Norsat’s ATOM BUCs visit http://www.norsat.com/solutions/norsat-microwave-products/atom-series/ or contact sales.

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Introducing the Ranger 45 and 60cm Assisted Acquire Terminals

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Ranger 60cm Assisted-Acquire Terminal

Norsat’s Ranger Series of terminals are assisted-acquire microsat terminals featuring industry leading portability, rapid deployment and an easy-to-use interface. With a tool-free assembly platform and airline transportable packaging, the Ranger can easily be transported and deployed in less than 5 minutes.  An intuitive GUI enables remote system monitoring from anywhere in the world via any standard web browser. Ranger terminals feature self-contained battery packs, and have been ruggedized for harsh weather and environmental conditions, making them ideal for mission critical communications anywhere in the world. Ranger terminals are available in antenna sizes of 45 and 60 cm.

The Ranger series offers:

  • High performance
  • Norsat’s “Easy Acquire” Assistant. No tools or instructions are required for satellite acquisition
  • Multi-band capable
  • IATA compliant and airline checkable
  • MIL-STD-810 tested. The Ranger terminals are ruggedized for use in harsh weather
  • Battery powered. Supports up to 2 hours of uninterrupted use without a power source
  • Thermal design analysis and testing to operate in extreme conditions
  • Built-in LCD and keypad interface for easy-to-use pointing and operations without a laptop

To find out more about our Ranger series of terminals,

contact us at: http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/

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Announcing Norsat O3b Products

Posted on Monday, May 27

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o3b-logo-370x229On March 20 2013 , Norsat announced that it had been selected as a preferred supplier of microwave components for O3b  ground terminals.  Norsat will be providing block upconverters (BUC) and low noise block (LNB) devices that have been specially designed for the O3b network.  With the launch of O3b’s first satellite scheduled for June 24, Norsat is pleased to announce the O3b product lineup.

O3B BUCs

Norsat is pleased to announce the 5W, 10W and 20W O3B BUC models.  The 7005STC-O3B 7010STC-O3B and 7020STC-O3B were designed for the O3b network and are currently completing final testing.  These BUCs support either the 27.652-28.388GHz or 28.172-29.071GHz frequencies.

O3B LNBs

Norsat has developed a unique DUO LNB for O3B that combines PLL and External Reference into a single unit.  The 9000HX-O3B supports either 17.852-18.588GHz or 18.372-19.300GHz frequencies.

Norsat/O3B Partnership

Norsat is an active partner with O3B.  We are currently working to develop more new products to support this exciting new service.  We will be announcing new products throughout 2013 – stay tuned to this blog for new product launch details. For more information about O3B visit their website: http://www.o3bnetworks.com/

To find out more about our line of O3B microwave components, please contact us at http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/

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USB Recovery: Don’t Be Left in the Dark!

Posted on Tuesday, May 21

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We all know that despite our best laid plans, sometimes things can go wrong. Read the following scenarios to find you why you should have USB recovery! 

You find yourself on the graveyard shift all alone. It’s the middle of the night so you decide to learn more about your satellite system. After opening up its GUI, you spend some time exploring the various options and tabs. Unexpectedly, the system crashes. You retrace your steps, wondering which button you could have pressed or where you went wrong. You restart the system and attempt to find the correct profile- but you can’t remember what it was. What do you do in this situation?

 You were required to send your terminal ahead of your field force. Although the depot is secure, it is possible that someone could access your system and discover which satellites you are utilizing and at which frequencies. For security reasons, you ship them set to their factory defaults and rely on your field force to program them upon arrival on site. They have been trained and they have instructions, but their arrival has been delayed. The communications are needed now so you will have to remotely train whoever is available. Shouldn’t there be a better way?

 You must add another profile and configuration to all 20 of your systems. How do you ensure that they are configured rapidly, effectively and consistently across the board?

Answer: USB Recovery!

USB Recovery acts as your personal technical support resource which will set up, repair or reconfigure your system. It allows you to reset your system to your own unique default settings. USB recovery ensures that the right profiles are loaded into your terminal and that the system is configured correctly each time, eliminating human error.

Norsat’s USB Recovery feature is standard on GlobeTrekker and Rover terminals. Simple to use, this feature gives you confidence that your terminals can be deployed and configured to your specifications.

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Special Offer: 2W & 8W Ku-band BUCs

Posted on Wednesday, May 8

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We’re pleased to announce attractive pricing new on our 8W and 2W Ku-band BUCs.  These BUCs offer great performance at an unbeatable price – act now because quantities are limited.  Both models are designed to meet Norsat’s high standards for quality and reliability with hundreds of units deployed in the harshest conditions 

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Our 1081XRT 8W BUC is a complete solution that includes selectable frequencies, AC power supply, and mounting brackets.  This outdoor unit supports both 13.75 – 14.5 GHz & 14.0 – 14.5 GHz in one unit.   The 1081XRT is an exceptional value that includes all accessories.

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Our 1021XRT 2W BUC is now available at our lowest price ever.  This outdoor unit supports 14.0 – 14.5 GHz output frequency and weighs just 3.5 lbs allowing it to be mounted on a feed.  These popular BUCs are now discontinued and only available while supplies last. 

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Contact us or or call 1 800 644 4562 for more information or to place your order

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LinkControl Software: Automated Trouble-shooting

Posted on Friday, March 22

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LinkControl™ software includes an automated trouble-shooting and resolution system to mitigate any unexpected glitches that arise as you deploy your terminal in the field.  Whether it’s a disconnected cable, a faulty component, or an unavailable satellite, watch how LinkControl makes identifying and correcting problems easy.

To learn more about LinkControl software and its powerful suite of satellite pointing tools, please contact us.

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VSAT Spotlight: What to look for in a VSAT Solution

Posted on Monday, March 18

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The cost of deploying satellite connectivity has never been lower.  With more bandwidth available than ever before, the cost of network services has dropped to levels that are well below that of terrestrial data connectivity only 10 years ago.  The low cost of connectivity combined with the steady reduction in equipment prices make VSAT solutions an affordable alternative where terrestrial service requires a redundant backup, or does not yet exist.

Despite the affordability of the services, challenges remain for organizations deploying VSAT solutions today.  Packaged bundles often seek to provide “good enough” capabilities but rarely deliver the best installer or user experience.  Some issues that we have heard from our customers regarding VSAT deployment include:

  • Mismatched components that do not work well together.  This results in long installation times and poor service delivery.  This problem is illustrated when powering a BUC from a modem that does not provide adequate power.  While the installation may look fine, the transmit connection will not be stable.
  • Poorly designed antennas.  These may be cheap to buy but may not offer the strength required to support the LNB and BUC.  These antennas often prove difficult to assemble and aim, and perform poorly in harsh conditions.  This can result in much longer installation times, increased repair costs in the long term, and poor service delivery.
  • Large packaging. Bulky packaging creates problems when transporting terminals to remote areas, especially where 4×4 or helicopter access is required. Costs for large deployments can vary dramatically if units are delivered one at a time.

The Norsat VSAT Advantage

At Norsat we are always looking for new ways to help our customers meet their communication challenges and so we are working closely with our industry partners to define a flexible and reliable VSAT solution that does not compromise quality for price.  Today we can offer a selection of microwave products that work well in any VSAT application and we continue our research and development work to provide a complete VSAT solution that is easy to buy, install, service, and use.

Thinking about a VSAT deployment?  Have unique requirements in your project?  Please contact us to see how we can help.

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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.

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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


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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.   

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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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