The new XRacer DSNG system from ND SatCom allows live video uplinks on the move, at speeds of up to 120kph, and has a more-conventional raised dish for static set ups.
The satellite antenna comes with a Comms On The Move phase-array antenna from Raysat, which can transmit at up to 4mbps. This is hidden under a dome on the back of the main Skyray Compact antenna, and “means you can transmit all the time while you are driving,” which is ideal for truly fast-moving stories, explained Michael Hirschle, system engineer for mobile stations. It uses ND SatCom’s own SkyWAN modem, which is fully meshed, so users can transmit directly from one uplink to the other, without going back to a hub first.
The VW Amarok-based unit also comes with built-in editing station and redundant power systems.
The main antenna system uses automatic pointing and all system parameters can be up and running at the push of a button. An ND SatCom App allows the crew to operate the XRacer via smart phone.
Using ND SatCom’s Media Fleet Manager, the vehicle’s transmission capabilities can be remotely controlled from the network hub station, to let the crew concentrate on getting the story. The Media Fleet Manager is an easy-to-use management tool to plan, schedule and book DVB and IP uplink sessions via fixed and mobile stations.