General Dynamics is showcasing its Best-in-Class Electronic Products, Model 950A Antenna Control System, SATCOM On-the-Move® products and Composite Rack-Mount Transit Cases at SATELLITE 2017 in Booth #1222.

The Company also plans to announce its new line of Small Antenna SATCOM Solutions at the show March 7-9. SATELLITE 2017 will be held at the Walter E. Washington Conference Center, Washington, DC.

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Modular Block Converter (MBC)
Featured among General Dynamics' product displays is its new, Best-in-Class Modular Block Converter (MBC).

The MBC features quick and easy 'Hot Swappable' modules for all critical components including converters and its power supply.

Crissy Pierson, SATCOM Technologies RF Electronic Products Business Area Manager, said, "The MBC is considered "Best-in-Class" because it sets itself apart from competing block converter solutions in a number of ways."

"Our new family of 1:1 and 1:2 redundant modular block converters, configured in a single chassis, demonstrates exceptional RF performance, such as gain flatness and stability, low phase noise and low spurious," she said.

General Dynamics' MBC makes use of the latest in microwave system design including:

  • Single-chassis 1:1 and 1:2 configurations
  • Fully hot-swappable converter, power supply, control and fan modules
  • Outstanding frequency synthesizer performance and flexibility
  • Automatic internal and external 5 or 10 MHz frequency reference selection
  • Front panel control and module access and modern control interfaces including SNMP and serial

Click here to download more information about the Modular Block Converter.

Ms. Pierson added, "The new Modular Block Converter is one of SATCOM Technologies' Ready-to-Go™ products. Our Ready-to-Go™ program offers our customers popular SATCOM Technologies' standard products with guaranteed "On-the-Shelf" shipping within 30 days after order acceptance."

"In addition to being an RTG product," Ms. Pierson said, "we're offering a special, five-year warranty on all Modular Block Converters ordered before June 30th of this year."

ModuMAX GaN SSPA Systems- Ku-Band
The Company will also showcase its market-leading ModuMAX Gallium Nitride (GaN) Solid State Power Amplifier. A revolutionary concept in solid-state power amplifiers, SATCOM Technologies' ModuMAX and QuadMod series eliminates the need for a spare power amplifier or for redundant switchover networks in many satellite earth station applications.

ModuMAX SSPAs using GaN-based amplifiers are completely modular RF amplifier systems offering output power of up to 1.8 kilowatts in Ku-Band. Patented technology utilizes handheld hot-swappable, plug-in RF modules, power supplies, and electronic assemblies to maximize performance and minimize downtime in SATCOM systems. An advanced interface and control system allows remote access and operation.

Click here to download a complete data sheet on the ModuMAX GaN SSPA.

"Over the last 15 years, SATCOM Technologies has fielded more than 1,000 units of its true, hot-swappable ModuMAX and QuadMod Solid State Power Amplifiers and not one unit has ever gone offline," Ms. Pierson said.

Ms. Pierson recently published a technical feature article in MILSAT magazine on the hazards SATCOM providers face if an equipment failure disrupts the link to a satellite. The article reviews the benefits of using true, hot swappable Solid State High Powered Amplifiers to ensure continuous uptime.

Click here to download the full article.

Model 950A Controller
Also featured in the General Dynamics' booth is SATCOM Technologies' SATCOM Technologies' Model 950A Antenna Control System.

The Model 950A ACS can be used with almost any limited motion antenna for precision satellite tracking applications. The system comprises an Antenna Control Unit (ACU), Tracking Receiver Unit (TRU) and a Power Drive Unit (PDU) which are linked via dedicated Ethernet connections. This provides flexibility in locating the key system components allows for variable separation distances and provides immunity to electrical ground plane transients.

Dan Fredrickson, Business Manager for General Dynamics Antenna Control and Monitor and Control Products, said, "The Model 950A ACS is a superior product. The system easily meets the extraordinarily demanding Intelsat STD A EIRP Transmit stability tracking requirement and offers extensive modes for pointing, acquisition and tracking. In addition, the Model 950A's software is field-upgradable via a simple USB interface."

Fredrickson added, "Our standard Model 950A antenna control units are designated SATCOM Technologies' 'RTG' (Ready-to-Go) products which means we can deliver units within 30 days of an accepted order."

Click here to download a full data sheet on the Model 950A Controller.

SATCOM On-the-Move®
General Dynamics' SATELLITE 2017 booth will include the Company's Next Generation SATCOM On-The-Move® Terminals.

General Dynamics' SATCOM Technologies Fourth Generation design architecture builds upon the Company's Best-in-Class features including gyro stabilization, point and track operational modes, interchangeable RF payloads, direct drive antenna motors, and simple L-Band interface which is modem agnostic. In addition, the Gen IV improvements include increased MTBF, reduced weight and an improved air-to-air heat exchanger that can be used for both ground and maritime applications with no further modifications

General Dynamics' SOTM™ product line consists of on-the-move satellite communication antenna terminals in a variety of aperture sizes. The ruggedized, self-contained terminals are a critical component of a satellite communication network used to establish a link with a satellite and a forward operating base or network hub. They can operate in Ku, Ka-mil, Ka-Com, and X-Band for voice, data and video communication needs. Hundreds of SATCOM Technologies' terminals have been installed on commercial and military ground vehicles (wheeled or tracked), maritime platforms including special operations fast attack boats and destroyers and aircraft worldwide.

Click here to download complete datasheets on SATCOM Technologies' SOTM Gen IV terminals.

Composite Rack-Mount Transit Cases
General Dynamics's 2400 and 2800 Series Rack-Mount Cases will be on display. The versatile and tough transit cases provide exceptional equipment protection with the added utility of slide-mounted 19-inch racks. Slide-out 10-inch racks allow unlimited access to electronic equipment during installation, integration and maintenance.

The 2400 and 2800 Series Rack-Mount Cases are manufactured from General Dynamics' strong GMT (Glass Mat Thermoplastic) composite material. GMT's extreme stiffness, lightweight and high impact-absorbing qualities have made it the composite material of choice for impact-absorbing components in a number of industries. SATCOM Technologies' GMT case shells provide extraordinary impact resistance and rugged durability at temperature ranges exceeding -65°F to +185°F.

Designed to be lightweight and durable, the 2400 and 2800 Series Rack-Mount Cases meet or exceed all MIL-STD-810F performance testing for electronic enclosures to withstand the effects of the harshest environments.

The General Dynamics 2400 and 2800 Series Rack-Mount Cases provide excellent shock and vibration protection for electronic equipment of all types. Maximum sway space inside the enclosure provides the utmost attenuation of impact energy and unequaled shock and vibration protection.

Click here to download a complete data sheet on the General Dynamics Composite, Rack-Mount Transit Cases.


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