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Norsat introduces portable satellite terminal

EP&T Magazine   

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Norsat International Inc., Vancouver, a leading provider of communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, has launched the Journey Manpack 0.9m ultra-portable Ku-Band satellite terminal.

The 6-segment, carbon fibre portable terminal weighes less than 18 kilograms (40 pounds) including the backpack, making it suitable for military special forces and government applications that require maximum portability. Setup takes less than 10-minutes allowing users with minimal training to quickly lock onto a satellite and transmit/receive. The Journey Manpack is optionally equipped with LinkControl software, which simplifies the antenna alignment process with its alignment wizard, beacon detector and built-in spectrum analyzer.

The high performance Journey Manpack terminal delivers Rx data rates up to 45Mbps and Tx data rates up to 20Mbps. Designed for low power consumption, the Journey runs on ac power or a 4/6 cell battery pack that provides more than 4-hours of continuous run time. Providing unmatched durability, the system is MIL-STD-810G compliant and has been built to operate in harsh and hostile environments.

The Journey Manpack includes an integrated BUC, LNB and modem, providing a full solution in one case or backpack. Journey can also be customized with a variety of BUCs, LNBs and modems to meet varying customer requirements and budgets.


“Norsat is pleased to add this new innovation to its broad range of portable satellite terminals, helping to provide communication access to some of the most remote and/or challenging locations in the world,” says Dr. Amiee Chan, chief executive officer of Norsat. “The Journey Manpack showcases technical superiority in a compact lightweight package and represents one of the easiest to use, ruggedized, satellite micro terminals on the market. Our continued investments in research and development are allowing us to stay at the forefront of innovation, creating next generation products that our customers have come to expect from Norsat.”


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