Norsat to supply portable satellite terminals to Defense Media Activity
EP&T MagazineElectronics Wireless
Norsat International Inc., a leading provider of innovative communication solutions that enable the transmission of data, audio and video for remote and challenging applications, announced that the firm has received an order from the Defense Media Activity (DMA) to purchase Norsat’s GLOBETrekker 2.0 portable satellite terminals, along with Norsat’s 50W ATOM series Block Upconverters (BUCs) to enable satellite uplink of live high definition or standard definition video from the field, as well as data transfer and email access.
The DMA is the U.S. Department of Defense’s direct line of communication for news and information to its forces worldwide. The agency presents news, information and entertainment on a variety of media platforms, including radio, television, internet, print media and emerging media technologies. DMA informs millions of active, Guard and Reserve service members, civilian employees, contractors, military retirees and their families in the U.S. and abroad.
Norsat’s GLOBETrekker 2.0 is a lightweight, fully-motorized, portable 1 or 1.2 meter aperture, auto acquire VSAT terminal that was built to military rugged specifications and is MIL-STD-810G and Eutelsat certified. The GLOBETrekker 2.0 has an integrated Norsat LNB, Norsat 50W ATOM BUC, a modem specified by the customer, an MPEG2/4SD/HD Encoder and a DVBS/S-2 modulator to provide superior portability. The GLOBETrekker 2.0 packs into three airline checkable cases and assembles in minutes without any tools. GLOBETrekker 2.0’s two button interface makes satellite acquisition as easy as a push of a button. The terminal’s electronics are raised off the ground so it can be operated in very muddy or wet conditions while digital leveling allows it to operate on uneven or inclined ground.
Norsat’s flagship software, LinkControl 7, is also integrated into the GLOBETrekker 2.0 terminal. With features including unlimited pre-configured profiles, component auto-detection, built in troubleshooting, closed loop power control, USB software recovery, and manual override mode, novice users can easily build and operate the equipment while advanced users can access powerful tools such as an integrated spectrum analyzer and modem control for advanced operation.