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ND SatCom’s flagship product: The SkyRAY antenna subsystem

Tuesday, August 01, 2006  
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PRODUCT OF THE MONTH

More than 100 delivered SkyRAY antenna subsystems represent the exceptional success that the component has enjoyed since its market launch at IBC 2004. Developed and designed by ND SatCom's engineers, SkyRAY has become the company's flagship for mobile Satellite News Gathering (SNG) requirements as a result of its aerodynamic style, reliability and performance as well as its robustness and longevity. Originally designed for broadcast & media companies, ND SatCom SkyRAY has created synergies for mobile Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) solutions in defense and government sectors and markets such as oil & gas, disaster recovery or GSM backup.

Today, SNG, mobile backup and disaster recovery missions require the rapid deployment of vehicles for unforeseen operations and territories. The ND SatCom SkyRAY series was engineered to fit these challenging requirements in terms of size, optimum weight and shape. The robust, aero-dynamic carbon fibre casing of the SkyRAY Compact 1500, for example, does not jut out more than 55 cm above the vehicle roof and accommodates a high-performance 1.5 m antenna. The precision reflector surface combined with the diamond shape provides very low sidelobs. An antenna mount with tri-axis positioner enables full antenna rotation and polarisation optimisation.

Its robustness is for ND SatCom a significant differentiator between the various systems on the market. Key characteristics are its longevity as well as its operation under harshest conditions from iciness to sand storms. SkyRAY maintains superior RF performance and is backlash free in elevation and azimuth. The subsystem fits standard mounting kits of most popular vans or all-terrain vehicle models.

Although the antenna subsystem is a standardized component, it can be integrated into an individually tailored solution. ND SatCom SkyRAY's technological edge resides in its components and software options. All critical components such as the mount and the Antenna Control Unit are manufactured at ND SatCom’s German headquarters in Friedrichshafen.

ND SatCom, an SES ASTRA company, is a leading global supplier of satellite-based broadband VSAT, broadcast, government and defence communication network and ground station solutions. ND SatCom's innovative technologies are deployed in government and defence, broadcast & media, enterprise and telecom environments worldwide. As a global company with more than 25 years of experience in the satellite networks and systems businesses, ND SatCom is a reliable source of comprehensive and secure turnkey and tailored system engineered solutions. ND SatCom is represented by regional sales and service offices worldwide.

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