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Satellite 2013: Thanks for joining us!

Posted on Tuesday, March 26

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We had a great turn out at Satellite 2013, and wish to thank all of our customers and visitors for stopping by and giving us valuable feedback. It was great to see you and we value your loyalty and support.  A few highlights from the event include:

  • The announcement of our new partnership with O3b and the unveiling of our first product designed for O3B’s new network.  We had a great response the news of our O3b BUC launch and many of you were surprised and excited to see a COTS product 2 months before service launch.  We were pleased to show the same BUC that will be powering a large maritime deployment in the summer of 2013.
  • The debut demonstration of our newly launched GLOBETrekker 2.0 fly-away satellite terminal.  We were pleased to see that GLOBETrekker was star of the booth, with many military and civilian organizations interested in its portable yet rugged design, easy-to-use interface, and multiple band support. 
  • LinkControl software, which supports most of our satellite terminals, was available to demo alongside GLOBETrekker, and proved to be particularly popular due to its feature rich capabilities and easy to use interface.  LinkControl now includes an automated troubleshooting system; and you can see this system in action, in our brand new video demo.
  • In January this year we launched Sentinel RMC, an M2M solution designed for remote site monitoring and control in the Oil & Gas industry, and Satellite 2013 was our first chance to show off its capabilities.  We are extremely proud of this turnkey solution and very pleased with the positive response from visitors.

Next month we’ll be attending NAB in Las Vegas, so if you missed us at Satellite, make sure you stop by Booth SU3404 at NAB to say hello, or contact us to schedule a meeting.

Event Photos of Norsat at Satellite 2013

Busy Norsat booth






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.


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.

Sneak Peak: Wayfarer Fly-away Satellite Terminal

Posted on Thursday, December 6

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A new satellite terminal will be joining the Norsat line up very soon, and we’re pleased to give you a sneak preview of the Wayfarer.  The Wayfarer is a fly-away satellite terminal, designed for rugged use throughout the resource sectors, including Oil & Gas.  Offering a cost effective solution for commercial applications, the Wayfarer will be a great addition Norsat’s fly-away satellite terminal family.  For more detailed information on the soon-to-arrive Wayfarer, please see the technical specifications, or contact us for details.

Wayfarer Technical Specifications

The Wayfarer is an industrial strength, auto-acquire terminal, for the most demanding users working with the most challenging applications and environments.  Fully assembled  the Wayfarer easily fits into the back of a pick up truck for quick transportation, and can be deployed mounted on a field vehicle, directly on the ground, or from a mobile field office. 


With one-button auto-acquire technology, the Wayfarer is both rugged and easy to use for experienced and novice operators. The Wayfarer includes a heavy duty motorized azimuth/elevation powder coated steel superstructure, glass fiber reinforced polyester antenna (SMC), motorized feed assembly, LNB, BUC, inclinometer, GPS, modem, Ethernet switch, and a system controller. 



Features include:

  • Fully operational at temperatures ranging from -40°C to +52°C    
  • External iDirect modem, and other modem options available
  • Ability to withstand windspeeds up to 80 km/h
  • Proven track record of success in the world’s toughest environments
  • ‘Built in intelligence’ to simplify the acquisition process
  • Our most economical communication solution, without compromising on quality

For more information about the Wayfarer, please contact us

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