One of the leading providers of satellite communication antenna systems, Intellian has unveiled a new 85cm Ku- to Ka-band convertible VSAT antenna. Named the v85NX, the new antenna has been described by Intellian as “the lightest and best performing 80cm-class terminal available,” offering a number of new features which significantly aid the ease of operation and maintenance.

Unveiled during Posidonia, the international shipping exhibition held in Athens, Greece, the new 85cm antenna is smaller, lighter and has increased RF performance. In comparison to existing 80cm systems, the performance in the Ku-band is increased by approximately 1.5dB.

“Our main goal in designing the v85NX was to offer the best value to customers for installation, operation and maintenance,” says Eric Sung, CEO of Intellian. “With the unveiling of the Intellian v85NX, we will continue to lead innovation by developing class-leading next-generation antennas for use in the satellite communications industry.”

The entire NX range of Intellian antennas, including the new v85NX, share modular components, which will reduce the number of spare parts by more than 30 per cent, thus lowering the total cost of ownership for the systems. This modular component design also improves the reliability of the antenna and facilitates easy maintenance.

With combined TX, RX and DC power into one cable, the v85NX has been designed to be even more operator-friendly than other antennas in the Intellian range. Furthermore, the new design of the radome, includes a dome-on external single cable connection, meaning that the dome doesn’t have to be removed during its installation.

To accompany the new v85NX, Intellian has also introduced an upgraded antenna management control software program, AptusNX. These upgrades mean that the operator can be alerted when any problems are detected. These enhanced diagnostic capabilities can also be used to provide automatic alerts when preventative maintenance may be required.

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