Cobham Satcom's Antenna System Approved for Use in Inmarsat's Global Xpress Satellite Network

Cobham SATCOM's EXPLORER 8100GX, 1 metre antenna system has been approved to be used by Inmarsat's Global Xpress satellite network. Inmarsat Approval means that EXPLORER 8100GX is now ready to ensure high link availability and reliability for a variety of users in diverse sectors from broadcasting to defence. The terminal is available now with the first order being shipped this week.

The EXPLORER 8100GX differs from other antennas with its ability to maintain a link to the Global Xpress network in most conditions, even during violent storms with winds up to 112 km/h. The durable design and the antenna’s unique Dynamic Pointing Correction (stabilisation) technology instantly reacts to any movement of the vehicle it is installed on. Usually, without stabilisation, this movement can severely degrade the connection or result in complete loss of link, but with the EXPLORER 8100GX, the user experiences continuous high-speed connectivity. Stabilisation is even more important on the High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ka-band satellite networks such as Inmarsat Global Xpress and Telenor Thor 7, which require better pointing accuracy than Ku-band services to maintain a stable, high-bandwidth link to the satellite.

Announced in September 2017, the new EXPLORER 8100GX expands Cobham SATCOM’s EXPLORER 8000 series, which already includes 1 and 1.2 meter antennas for global Ku-band satellite services and Eutelsat’s Ka-band NewsSpotter service. Without the GX Core Module, the EXPLORER 8100GX system can be used as a generic 5W BUC Ka-band antenna Type Approved for the Telenor Thor 7 network. Understanding the need for flexibility and modularity in its portfolio, Cobham SATCOM also offers field conversion kits, allowing EXPLORER 8000 series antennas to be converted from Ku-band to Ka-band and to GX.

In addition to unparalleled Comms-On-The-Pause performance enabled by integral durability and ruggedness, and the inclusion of Dynamic Pointing Correction technology, the EXPLORER 8000 series also delivers further benefits. The industry-leading fast satellite acquisition with initial pointing achieved in less than four minutes, getting it connected to a quick and easy satellite process. EXPLORER 8100GX was added to the EXPLORER 8000 series to meet specific demand in the market from users looking for the highest reliability possible on Global Xpress.