Hiltron Commences Transatlantic DBS Satellite Link
Hiltron announces the commencement of a satellite link which will be used to carry broadcast television content from South America to viewers in Europe. The new system will be located in one of the Baltic states and needs to be live by the end of June in time for the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.
"The new link will be a complete turnkey solution with five active channels and is designed to operate as a complete backup system which can be switched into action if the primary feed fails," says Hiltron Managing Director Jan Molter. "We have completed the initial planning in partnership with one of the world's largest satellite fleet operators. A site survey will be conducted in the third week of February. Assembly will then take place at our headquarters in Backnang prior to factory acceptance tests, followed in turn by on-site integration, commissioning and acceptance."
Core elements of the new system include a 3.6 metre diameter satellite dish on a Hiltron HMAM motorised antenna mount. HMAM is a high-precision motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way VSAT communication or receive-only downlink applications. The combined head and drives form a three-axis motorised mount with 180 degrees of azimuth adjustment, 90 degrees of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation.
Client-supplied solid state power amplifiers and upconverters will be integrated with a Hiltron HACU antenna control unit. This and its associated motor-control electronics are contained in a weatherproof outdoor housing. The HACU can be operated from a PC running a graphic user interface compatible with standard web browsers. The control GUI displays all the information required to set and maintain azimuth, elevation and polarisation, including current and target positions plus a database of potential accessible satellites.
Also integral to the system will be a Hiltron HDCU-E combined ice-sensing and dish heating controller. The HDCU-E's modular control design permits easy configuration of parameters such as antenna size, number of heater pads and the power requirement of each pad. Snow detection is via a reflective sensor with a polarising filter. Each heater circuit is individually supervised and controlled via user-adjustable minimum and maximum thresholds. Sequential switch-on is performed within the controller to prevent rapid changes in current load when the antenna heating process is activated or deactivated. Sequence timing is user-configurable.
Hiltron GmbH (www.hiltron.de) is a globally active system integrator, manufacturer and distributor in the field of satellite and wireless communication. The company operates from modern purpose-built headquarters at Backnang near Stuttgart. On-site facilities include a large technical operations area with high access doors and ceiling, capable of accommodating satellite-link vehicles and their roof-mounted antennas. Hiltron is part of the Danmon Group, one of Europe's leading suppliers of audio, video, transmission products and digital media solutions.
Contacts for further information
Hiltron Communications: Jan Molter
Newsmedia support: David Kirk, Stylus Media Consultants
Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str. 1, 71522 Backnang, Germany