Cobham SATCOM is showcasing its state-of-the-art SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku satellite antenna at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show 2017. As the lightest, most compact and technically advanced antenna system for bringing high-speed broadband to users at sea on global Ku-band VSAT networks, SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku has initiated a transformation of maritime satcom by making it possible for more yachts and luxury vessels to enjoy VSAT-based connectivity and voice calling.Previously the realm of commercial ships and large super-yachts, VSAT is viewed as the best performing and most cost efficient way to achieve broadband Internet connectivity at sea as it offers flexible data packages coupled with pay monthly fixed costs. It has traditionally required antennas one meter or larger to ensure satisfactory availability and quality of satellite service globally, so previously only very large yachts with the space and budget for these antennas could realistically enjoy its benefits. This changes now with the innovative SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku.With Cobham SATCOM bringing the latest in its 60 cm VSAT antenna portfolio to Fort Lauderdale, visitors can see the potential for even more yachts to join the VSAT revolution and enjoy stunning HD quality streaming TV, access social media and improve safety with digital applications all on high throughput Ku-band networks globally. The SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed to leverage powerful new High Throughput Satellite Services (HTS), such as Intelsat EpicNG, which enable smaller antennas to deliver high throughput service globally. With an unprecedented G/T of 15.9 dB/K the new SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is the most powerful 60 cm class antenna ever built and together with HTS, it can provide a stable, high throughput link to enable maritime broadband anywhere on the oceans.While performance is critical in order to enable VSAT for more users, Cobham SATCOM has also managed to lower the entry and overall lifecycle costs with its 60 cm antennas by i.e., allowing for streamlined installation. SAILOR 600 VSAT Ku is designed for quick and cost-effective deployment and at just 35 kg, it can be carried on board, making it especially relevant for installations where no cranes or forklifts are available.Further innovations include the use of Dynamic Motor Brakes so the radome can stay on in shipping and no-power situations, and because it is a super-light solution, it is more cost-effective to ship. It also features Automatic Calibrations for the boat’s centre-line and antenna cables, saving time during installation and reducing errors.
GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 NEW YORK – Japan’s Ai Sugiyama made another early exit from the U.S. Open on Thursday after going down in straight sets 6-4, 6-2 to American Amy Frazier in the second round of the women’s singles event.Sugiyama, ranked 19th in the world, has never progressed further than the third round of the singles competition at this tournament. She had no answer to Frazier’s powerful serve and pinpoint returns and admitted that she had been played off the court at Flushing Meadows. “There was absolutely no way I could stop Amy today. Her serves and returns were unbelievable and she played some magnificent shots. No matter how hard I tried I was never going to beat her today,” Sugiyama said.
President of the Jamaica Boxing Board (JBB) Stephen ‘Bomber’ Jones believes that the future of the sport is very bright despite the cancellation of the popular made-for-TV Contenders Series. Main sponsors Wray and Nephew announced late last year that they were withdrawing support for the series, pulling the plug on the competition that for much of the last eight years had brought life to an ailing sport. The series, which featured some of the island’s most popular boxers, had become one of the country’s most popular sporting events since its inception. However, Jones told The Gleaner that the cancellation of the Contender Series would not affect the growth and development of the sport, while sharing that the association was continuing its work to improve the sport locally. “I can tell you this. I have seen some great proposals come on my desk,” said Jones, “At our last board meeting, we were saying what steps would be necessary to fill these gaps, and we have taken up the positives. Some of the positives were the number of eyes that saw the sport and got involved with the sport. “The negatives in terms of if there was ever one, was that it only touched eight boxers at a time. It was eight real Jamaican boxers that had a chance to take part in a season,” Jones said. The administrator said that the JBB is now focussed on maximising on the increased popularity of the sport and have begun engaging and consulting stakeholders concerning some of the plans being considered. “What we are looking for now is how could we capitalise on what we have learned in terms of the sport getting a lot of following islandwide,” Jones said. Road shows “For that, we are saying now that we should have road shows and we have spoken to coaches and boxers themselves and they say they would love to have it go islandwide in such a way that more weight classes, more boxers and more opportunities (could be presented),” Jones added. The JBB boss noted that his board, along with the boxing community, is upbeat about the prospects, and he is hoping that these things will come onstream by the end of the year. “We have put these requests to the managers and the people who have been involved in the growing of the sport, and we have seen some great proposals along those lines, and so it is a matter of now just seeing how they are funded and how they get sponsorship towards these things,” said Jones.