Hiltron HMAM Chosen for Global Satellite Tracking System
Hiltron Communications has completed installation of a global satellite tracking system for one of the world's largest aerospace companies. The system includes six Hiltron HMAM motorised satellite antenna mounts integrated with a Hiltron HACU antenna control unit and associated motor-control electronics.
Each of the six installations is configured to operate in main-plus-backup roles. Two are located at ground stations in the southern hemisphere, two in Europe and two in North America. Each HMAM mount supports a 2.4 metre dish and is fitted with a wind sensor which activates a safety lock if wind speed exceeds 80 km per hour. The system will be used in a variety of modes to ensure continuity of the client's satellite network.
"This is the latest in a long series of successful HMAM installations," comments Hiltron Managing Director Jan Molter. "H-MAM combines high precision with the ability to turn very quickly, moving through 180 degrees of arc within one minute. HMAM systems are operating successfully in a wide range of applications requiring accurate, stable and reliable reception of digital satellite feeds. These include live feeds such as news, stage events and sports. HMAM also forms the core element of our SORBAS satcom product family which embraces a range of devices we have developed in our twin roles of manufacturer and provider of completed customised systems.
Hiltron's HMAM is a high-precision motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way VSAT communication or receive-only downlink applications. It can be used for a wide range of applications including broadcast and telecommunication downlinks. An optional motorised feed changer allows the head to be moved quickly to a new position for switching between frequency bands.
The HMAM comes complete with professional-grade drives for azimuth and elevation plus a high-accuracy polarisation drive. The combined head and drive form a three-axis motorised mount with 180 degrees of azimuth adjustment, 90 degrees of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation.
The Hiltron HACU antenna control unit is designed to control three-axis motorised antennas. The HACU and its associated motor-control electronics are contained in an IP65-rated weatherproof outdoor housing with a hinged front access port secured by dual key screws. The control unit can be operated from a PC running a graphic user interface compatible with standard web browsers. An integral graphical user interface 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.
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