New Dual-Band Maritime Satcom Solution Unveiled

By Mike Ball / 26 Feb 2019

Orbit Communication Systems, a provider of satellite-tracking maritime and ground-station solutions, has announced that it has unveiled its latest dual-band Ku/Ka terminal, extending Orbit’s multi-band maritime satellite communications solutions for unmanned surface vehicles (USVs) and other offshore platforms and vessels.

Developed in close cooperation with SES Networks, Orbit’s dual-band Ku/Ka terminal augments the existing dual-band C/Ka terminal, supporting a multi-band terminal product range. The expansion of the frequency ranges and flexibility of the OceanTRx terminal enables ease of switching between SES’s multi-orbit Geostationary (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellites.

“Orbit is a long-term technology partner for SES. Over the last 4 years we have become the leading provider of high-speed satellite terminals to large class cruise vessels, and have enabled SES Networks to deliver high-speed broadband services to its customers’ passengers and crew,” said Ben Weinberger, CEO of Orbit. “This newest compact terminal can be easily installed and will be able to offer outstanding performance that is equivalent to a 2.4-meter dish.”

“Orbit has been a creative and responsive partner as we expand our maritime managed services,” noted Eric Watko, Executive Vice President, Product, Marketing & Strategy of SES Networks. “We value Orbit’s ease of integration and reliability as enablers for our customers to leverage the benefits of the market’s only integrated multi-orbit data services. The new multi-band terminal will enable an even broader range of services via our GEO and MEO satellite system.”

Orbit’s 2.2m (87”) OceanTRx 7 Multiband C/Ka- and Ku/Ka-band stabilized maritime satcom terminals provide high-speed, cost-effective connectivity in even the most severe offshore conditions. The OceanTRx terminal is easily integrated and is small enough to come fully assembled in a standard 20-foot shipping container.

Posted by Mike Ball Mike Ball is our resident technical editor here at Unmanned Systems Technology. Combining his passion for teaching, advanced engineering and all things unmanned, Mike keeps a watchful eye over everything related to the unmanned technical sector. With over 10 years’ experience in the unmanned field and a degree in engineering, Mike’s been heading up our technical team here for the last 8 years. Connect & Contact