Intelsat has launched a 45cm antenna class for its FlexMaritime Ku-band VSAT service, with antennas from Korean manufacturers Intellian and KNS approved for use on the network.
Both 45cm antennas can be used to deliver data speeds of up to 6 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload using a modem from ST Engineering iDirect, and can be installed with a choice of a separate or integrated Antenna Control Unit (ACU).
“Our new 45cm antenna class on FlexMaritime is a new, highly innovative offering in the maritime market,” said Intelsat Director of Maritime Products Shane Rossbacher.
“By combining new 45cm antenna technology with the FlexMaritime global HTS satellite network, we have enabled smaller commercial and recreational vessels to easily, and affordably, access the same great connectivity using a smaller and cost-effective antenna form factor.”
“With Intelsat’s new FlexMaritime 45cm antenna class, users will experience unmatched performance with ubiquitous coverage wherever they go, enabling even more vessels around the world to take advantage of the high-throughput capabilities of Intelsat’s global network.”
Sea trials on the service using the small antennas were conducted earlier this year onboard the Esvagt Innovator, an emergency response and rescue vehicle.
“We conducted extensive testing and sea trials of FlexMaritime’s 45cm service using the KNS C4 antenna, with the service consistently meeting or exceeding our performance expectations; in fact, during testing, our crew stayed connected during some very harsh sea conditions,” said Kim Martinsen, CEO and Co-Founder of Seasat, a beta launch partner.
“This is a great application. Our compact and lightweight antenna is easy to install, and the flexibility of Intelsat’s service allows end customers to quickly and easily dial bandwidth up or down to meet their real-time needs.”
The addition of the 45cm terminal represents the third terminal class for Intelsat FlexMaritime services, adding to existing 60cm and 1m antenna service offerings.