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Norsat participated in the 34th annual Milcom 2015 show last week in Tampa, Florida. Milcom is the premier international conference for military communications. “Leveraging Technology – The Joint Imperative” was the theme for this year’s event and there was no shortage of interesting and educational keynotes, panels and technical sessions that explored and defined the benefits that joint-level collaboration brings to current and future communication challenges and addressed the critical role communications plays in military readiness and operations.
The Tampa location is ideal for this discussion, with close proximity to the MacDill Air Force Base military community, U.S. Special Operations Command (SOCOM), U.S. Central Command (CENTCOM) and the 6th Air Mobility Wing. MILCOM offers industry the opportunity to discuss communications technologies and services with decision makers from all branches of the armed forces, the Department of Defense, federal agencies and multinational forces.
Norsat’s satellite sales team was in full force showcasing several of our top satellite communications solutions: GlobeTrekker 2.0, the world’s most intelligent fly-away satellite terminal; Rover, Norsat’s ultra-lightweight fly-away satellite terminal; CFK-100E compact fly-away kit; CFK-4200 Emergency Communications Kit; and the ATOM series of Block Upconverters (BUCs) and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs). Norsat was excited to talk to customers and saw considerable interest from customers on our new low Ku-band BUCs designed for use with the FSS Appendix 30B satellite links.
During the show, Norsat met up with Ken Murphy at the iDirect social event on Tuesday night. Ken was a long-term Norsat portable terminal customer that has now moved on to work for Comtech as their Director of Government Programs. Ken was working in Belgium when his teams deployed Norsat’s 1.8m and 2.4m SigmaLink terminals and 1m compact Rover terminals for allied forces in the region. It was great to catch up with Ken and we wish him the best of luck in his new role.
Norsat is continuing to expand the products available in the ATOM series of products. The most recent additions include low Ku-band Block Upconverters (BUCs) spanning 12.75 to 13.25 GHz and an outdoor 1:1 redundant system designed specifically for ATOM BUCs and Solid State Power Amplifiers (SSPAs).
The low Ku-band BUCs are based on Norsat’s successful 25W, 40W and 100W ATOM BUC design. The synthesizer board for the low Ku-band variants provides coverage in the 12.75 to 13.25 GHz frequency range.
The 1:1 redundant system is a fully automatic headless outdoor unit and is ideal for oil and gas VSAT networks, cable head ends, remote VSATs, disaster emergency systems and military applications. DC current is used to detect BUC/SSPA failure and switch to the alternate BUC/SSPA. Features include support for manual switching and Web-based M&C. The status of the offline BUC/SSPA is available and the offline unit can be replaced while the system is online.
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.
Norsat’s ATOMControl software features an easy to use user Interface that gives you the ability to monitor and control Norsat’s ATOM Series of BUCs & SSPAs. This video will serve as a guide for the download, installation and basic troubleshooting of the software.
CommunicAsia 2013 has drawn to a close, and this year has proven to be a success. We enjoyed seeing some new faces and catching up with customers and partners. This trade show gave us the chance to show off our newest products and gave us some great insight into what’s around the corner for our industry.
We also had the chance to showcase our 60 cm RANGER microsat terminal which was well received by integrators who were looking for an easy to use, ruggedized, and portable solution. In addition, we had our new ATOM series of lightweight, high performance BUCs on display which attracted quite a lot of attention from visitors wanting to know more about these small but powerful block up converters. We look forward to the official release and the future development of this line.
Thank you to everyone who stopped by and for the positive feedback- it’s always great to catch up! Don’t forget to keep in touch : http://www.norsat.com/contact-us/.