Spacenet introduces new VSAT communications system

McLean, VA, Feb. 13, 2006 — Spacenet Inc. introduced its new Armadillo VSAT, an environmentally controlled broadband satellite router system suitable for use in outdoor environments and extreme weather conditions. The Armadillo VSAT is a satellite networking system designed expressly for all-weather operation and maximum survivability in utility/energy and government applications.

To serve the needs of monitoring/SCADA network operators, Spacenet previously introduced its Armadillo Enclosure. The new Armadillo VSAT is meant to extend the concept further by delivering a new-generation Gilat SkyEdge satellite router that is constructed with industrial-grade parts and integrated with the weather-proof enclosure.

The Armadillo VSAT boasts the ability to withstand temperatures as low as -40 degrees Celsius and up to 60 degrees Celsius in full sun exposure, and it uses a unique design to minimize thermal loading from sunlight. The unit offers certain protection from lightning, contains an internal heating and thermostat unit and can be used with AC or DC power supplies.

Unlike most industrial enclosures, the integrated Armadillo VSAT does not require an external heating unit, and has low power requirements that make it suitable for use with photovoltaic energy systems. The unit also has a smaller housing footprint than most similar devices and has easy mounting requirements. The Armadillo VSAT is available as part of Spacenet’s narrowband and broadband Connexstar network services designed exclusively for enterprise and government customers.

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