VSAT satellite equipment at sea
VSAT satellite communications technology has been successfully used to organize communications in geographically inaccessible areas, as well as areas with poor infrastructure without mobile coverage. On the ground, VSAT is, first of all, a satellite station with an antenna of no more than 2.5 meters in diameter. This equipment standard appeared in the sixties when a new satellite telephone network was successfully tested in Alaska. Today, VSAT implements sustainable telephone channels and broadband data. VSAT helps organize distance events in those cases where traveling to the place of all participants is not economically feasible. This training programs, and meetings, and video conferencing remote units of commercial or government agencies. Convenience of VSAT consists mainly in simplicity of system deployment and affordable cost of its operation.
Having successfully established itself on the shore, VSAT technology has also found wide application in organizing maritime communications. As fleets of different countries increase, VSAT offshore installations increasingly conquer this market segment and maintain their position for a long time. The need to optimally and quickly solve complex technical problems arising in the sea, ship automation, which led to a significant reduction in the full-time crew – all this increases the price of making decisions “here and now” and requires reliable communication both within the team and with the outside world.
In addition to the increased operational load on the crew and, in particular, on the command staff, modern shipping is distinguished by a huge amount of documentation, which needs constant processing directly on the ship. The ship’s Internet has become an integral part of any boat, so servers, computers and peripherals are now used on every board. At the same time, when a ship-owner company increases its fleet, VSAT allows you to combine them into a corporate network by analogy with any office network, use a single database and exchange information in a common network space.
Thus, if we organize ship communication through a satellite channel, we get a modern broadband high-speed data transmission line that meets the latest requirements of reliability and safety. That is why VSAT today has become so seriously established as an indispensable maritime communications tool, appreciated by the maritime community and is developing in accordance with the ever-growing needs of the world fleet.
Improving the efficiency of shipping companies
Implement automated fleet management solutions
Implementation of redundant communication channels
Operational flow of information between ships and shore
Remote monitoring (telemetry) of the status of ship equipment
Redundant channel for navigation equipment
High water safety
Improving the overall technical level of all ship systems
Improving the personal comfort of passengers and crew
Using VSAT to achieve these goals, you can significantly optimize costs, ensure guaranteed traffic speeds and achieve the level of safety and comfort when work on a ship practically ceases to differ from work on the ground.
Now let’s look at the most prominent representatives of VSAT equipment presented by Cobham, a world-famous manufacturer.
Satellite dish systems VSAT Sailor 800 and VSAT Sailor 900
Satellite dish VSAT Sailor 800
The VSAT Sailor 800 is a compact, high-performance, three-axis Ku-band stabilized antenna system with an 83-cm reflector from one of Cobham’s leading satellite equipment manufacturers. The main advantage of this kind of system is its performance, commensurate with the performance of meter antennas, and in some cases even greater. The compactness and ease of installation of this antenna system, its software, built-in modem and network capabilities make it possible to obtain reliability and high performance at an affordable price, to achieve coherence of crew actions in difficult situations, and thereby increase overall safety on board the vessel. Also, equipment of this type makes it possible to use two antenna systems with one modem without the need to install an additional unit, and integrated antenna controllers control the connection between the modem and the satellite.
VSAT Sailor 900 is a Cobham antenna system that works with all of the industry-leading VSAT platforms with best-in-class performance. This version is a continuation of the Sailor 800 model with a diameter increased to 103 cm and an output power increased to 8 W. Thanks to its excellent performance characteristics, the presented antenna system will provide the vessel with reliable satellite communications regardless of interference, obstacles and meteorological conditions.