An advanced all composite 2.4m driveaway antenna for easy installation on any vehicle
The DA-240 is an all carbon fibre driveaway satellite antenna with a monocoque construction, making it stronger and lighter than any comparable product. With no heavy metal structure to support the reflector and feed arm the antenna has an all up weight of only 240kgs and the tri-fold reflector design means it can be installed, even on relatively compact vehicle such as a Mercedes Sprinter, without having to make structural changes.
The light weight also keeps the host vehicle centre of gravity low, minimising affect on the
original driving characteristics, a feature particularly important when considering the design of fast SNG vehicles and military communications vehicles.
The unique GigaSat quick release system allows change of frequency band in seconds without the use of tools. Feed cartridges are available for C-band, X-band, Ku-band, DBS- band and Ka-band .
When stowed the DA-240 becomes a fully enclosed pod on the roof of the vehicle with an exceptionally low drag co-efficient, again
designed not to affect the driving characteristics of the host vehicle.
When deployed, the pod turns about its own axis during azimuth adjustment keeping overall dimensions to a minimum.
This is vitally important when considering installation of other roof mounted ancillaries such as generator radiators, air conditioning systems and pneumatic masts.
Inside the pod there is space for a pair of 750W HPA’s with block upconverters, redundancy system and/or phase combiner.
Mounting this hardware in the pod provides the obvious advantage of more space inside the vehicle but additionally also provides the less obvious advantages of additionally removes noise and heat from inside and reduces losses between the HPA and antenna.