Intellian launches 85-cm Ku-Ka convertible VSAT antenna

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(IRVINE, Calif.) — Intellian, a leading provider of satellite communication antenna systems, is launching its new 85-cm Ku-to-Ka band convertible maritime VSAT antenna, the Intellian v85NX, the first to be developed based on the high-performance NX platform.

The v85NX is a future-proof system that supports GEO constellations as well as ensuring compatibility with future networks, such as LEO and MEO. It is designed to be easily convertible from Ku to Ka band by simply changing the RF assembly and feed while still using the dual-band optimized reflector and radome, and is capable of supporting full 2.5 GHz Wide Ka-band networks.

The new 85-cm antenna uses a highly efficient RF design that substantially increases gain compared to existing 80-cm class systems operating on Ku band. This increase in gain enables the antenna to operate on 1m networks despite its small size, giving smaller vessels access to those networks. It also has several different BUC power options available, up to 25 W, that give it a wider operational range than other sub-1m-class antennas.

With the modular component design, the number of spare parts is significantly reduced by more than 30 percent. It now only needs 13 common spare parts to fix most potential problems. Thus, its reliability is improved, its maintenance is simpler, and the total cost of ownership for the system is lowered.

The v85NX combines Tx, Rx and DC power into one coaxial cable for simplified installation. The new radome design has a single external cable connection, combined with dynamic motor braking, so the radome no longer has to be removed during installation.

Intellian also provides an upgraded antenna management and control platform, AptusNX, which has been configured to be more intuitive. This new tool can be operated by simply plugging a laptop into the ACU without any need to download extra software. The AptusNX software presents an installation wizard with a step-by-step commissioning guide to more easily complete setup, and with enhanced diagnostic capabilities the software can send an alert to the operator when predictive maintenance is required.

Intellian’s new v85NX will be commercially available from Sept. 3 and will be displayed at SMM from Sept. 4-7 in Hamburg, Germany.

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By Professional Mariner Staff