EXPLORER 8100 Auto-Acquire Drive-Away Land Terminal

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Description

Introducing the all-new EXPLORER 8100 VSAT

A unique Dynamic Pointing Correction technology and an advanced carbon fiber reflector make the 1 meter EXPLORER 8100 the most advanced Auto-Acquire Drive-Away Land VSAT antenna available.

Uninterrupted communication

Traditional vehicle mounted 'Comms-On-The-Pause' VSAT antennas can lose connection to the satellite with even the slightest movement of the vehicle on its suspension caused by high winds or people getting in and out. EXPLORER 8100 isn't a traditional VSAT antenna.

With EXPLORER 8100 you can enjoy continuous connectivity services even if the vehicle rocks thanks to a new and unique 'Dynamic Pointing Correction' system. Using lessons learned from Cobham SATCOM's maritime stabilized VSAT antennas, EXPLORER 8100 offers the most reliable connectivity available in its class.

Reliable EXPLORER

EXPLORER 8100 is developed completely in-house by Cobham SATCOM. It features genuine EXPLORER design, which is already established and proven with Cobham SATCOM's highly regarded EXPLORER BGAN and GX terminals.

It is designed to offer unparalleled Comms-On-The-Pause performance, ensuring high quality connectivity that is available even when other antennas would have lost their connection to the satellite. In the field, this means you can count on EXPLORER 8100 to provide you with vital communications whatever the conditions.

Industry best

EXPLORER 8100 features industry-leading fast satellite acquisition with pointing achieved automatically in less than two minutes, making getting connected to a satellite a quick and easy process.

The system is available in both Ka- and Ku-band configurations and works with all major satellite networks. A swappable feed system allows users to change frequency bands, ensuring they have full choice of what services to use throughout the lifetime of the antenna.

High performance

EXPLORER 8100 comes with built-in Wi-Fi for easy access to the terminal and the same Web-based user-interface developed for Cobham SATCOM's cutting edge Inmarsat GX series of antennas.

Once connected, EXPLORER 8100 provides high performance, continuous connectivity in the field, optimally supporting high definition video streaming, high throughput data transfer and tactical and emergency communication.

Features:

  • A genuine EXPLORER Design
  • Rugged, Reliable 1.0m Drive-Away Antenna
  • Single Piece 1.0m Offset Feed Carbon Fiber Reflector for Multi-Band Ku/Ka Operation
  • Built-in Wifi and a Web-based User Interface for easy PC and Smartphone Configuration
  • Precision Polarization Drive in Ku-band configuration
  • Harmonic Drive Gear systems
  • Inclined orbit satellite tracking and Dynamic Pointing Correction
  • Eutelsat Ka-band configuration includes:
  • 3W transmit and receive integrated assembly (ViaSat eTRIA)


Specifications

ANTENNA CHARACTERISTICS

Ku-band

Ka-band (ViaSat eTRIA)

 

Receive

Transmit

Receive

Transmit

Frequency (GHz)

10.7 -12.75
13.75 -14.5
19.2 - 21.2
29.0 - 30.0

Antenna Gain

39.3 - 40.8
42.0 - 42.2
43.9 - 44.5
47.6 - 47.8

Cross Pol Isolation  (dB)  within 1dB beamwidth

>21.4

>24

>20.4

>20.5

Cross Pol Isolation (dB) On-Axis

>24.7

>32.2

-

-

Feed Port Isolation - Tx to Rx (dB)

40

110 w/filter

-

-

Beamwidth (degrees) at -3dB

1.6° - 1.9°
1.4° - 1.5°
1.1
0.7

Beamwidth (degrees) at -10dB

2.8° - 3.4°
2.5° - 2.6°
1.9
1.3

Antenna Noise Temp. (°K) at 30° Elevation

55°

 

107°

 

G/T - Comm (dB/°K)

18.4 dB/°K @ 30° EL Midband
22.0 dB/°K (eTRIA 1.5 dB Noise Figure)

Radiation Pattern Compliance

FCC §25.209, ITU-R S.580

ITU-R S.580

Polarization

Linear Orthogonal Std. Optional Co-pol

RHCP or LHCP (eTRIA auto selectable)

Standard BUC Options

8 Watt Extended Band

3W ViaSat eTRIA

EIRP with Standard BUC Options (dBW)

50 dBW

54 dBW

Product number

408157A-50211

408157B-50551




MECHANICAL

Positioner

Harmonic Drive

Azimuth

± 195°

Elevation

0-100° antenna boresight (mechanical)

Polarization

± 95° (Ku-band)

Satellite Inclination

± 15°

Slewing & Deploying

Up to 9° per second

Acquisition time (typical)

< 4 minutes from cold start




REFLECTOR

Size

1.0m single piece carbon fiber RTM reflector

Optics

Offset, Prime Focus

Mount Geometry

2-Axis, Elevation over Azimuth

Polarization

Ku-band: Linear with Motorized Rotation
Ka-band: RHCP or LHCP




WEIGHT & MEASURES

Weight

63 kg / 139 lbs with BUC / LNB 56.5 kg / 124.5 lbs with eTRIA

Length

156 cm / 61”

Stowed:  Height / Width

35 cm / 14”  /  100 cm / 39”

Antenna Control Unit (1RU)
- Weight
- Dimensions


4.5 kg / 9.9 lbs.
4.4 x 48 x 33 cm / 1.75” x 19” x 13”



ELECTRICAL

RF

Rx  and  Tx:  Type  F  (75-ohm)  connectors  on ACU for modem interface

LNB (Ku)

Multi-band for international use included. (10.7 - 12.75 GHz)

Motors

Low noise, brushless, DC

Antenne Controller (1RU) Power Supply

90  -  264  VAC,  50/60Hz  Single  Phase  540W (peak)

Power Consumption

Motors Active – 290 Watts Motors Idle – 55 Watts

BUC Mounting (Ku)

8 watt extended range BUC included




ENVIRONMENTAL

Wind Speed:  
Operational (anchored)
Survival, deployed
Survival, stowed


72 km/h / 45 mph
118 km/h / 73 mph
161 km/h / 100 mph

Temperature: 
Operational 
Survival


-33° to +55°C / -27° to 131°F
-40° to +80°C / -40° to 176°F

Rain

Humidity

0 to 100% (condensing)

IP Rating: 
Antenna Antenna
Control Unit


IP-55
IP-30




ACCESSORIES

408157A-100

EXPLORER 8100 Ku to KA-SAT Conversion Kit

Product Downloads

Setting up Cobham's EXPLORER 8100 terminal (video)