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Hiltron Completes Multi-Antenna Satellite Link System for German Broadcast News Network

Hiltron Completes Multi-Antenna Satellite Link System for German Broadcast News Network

Backnang, Germany, May 25th, 2021 – Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the completion of a satellite uplink and downlink system for one of Germany's largest television news broadcasters. The project includes six antennas and related control infrastructure which will be used to communicate with the network's associate organisations around the world.

"Following successful acceptance, we created a solution which integrates fully into the news production workflow," says Hiltron managing director Antonio Monteverde. "Easy and efficient operation were essential requirements. The antennas are located on a city-centre rooftop earth station and operated via remote links from the network's master control room. Hiltron software allows the system to be supervised via a single browser-based display screen showing all relevant performance parameters, confidence lights and alerts. Most important of all, de-icers in the antenna panels can be activated automatically if the rooftop temperature creates any risk of freezing."

 

"All six of the new antennas will be used to capture incoming signals", details Hiltron project manager Guy Van Bambeke. "Five of the reflectors are from General Dynamics, one being 3 metres in diameter and four being 3.7 metres. The sixth is a 2.7 metre Laminas dish which we have equipped to capture simultaneous feeds from three orbital positions, in this case 7 degrees east, 13 degrees east and 19.2 degrees east. Each antenna is on a fixed mount.

"We have also refurbished three existing antennas which will function both as uplinks and downlinks. That part of the project included the provision and integration of Hiltron ACU antenna control units which are used to control the dish azimuth and elevation. Each comprises a standalone unit contained in a weatherproofed outdoor housing, remotely operated via an IP data stream from a standard PC. Once a satellite is selected, precise access parameters can be determined by pressing a single button.

"Last and not least, we have integrated 13 Swedish Microwave low noise block downconverters. These are high-performance units which ensure the received data conforms fully to broadcast specification."

Hiltron ACU antenna control units are designed to control three-axis motorised antennas. The antenna control unit and associated motor-control electronics are contained in an IP65-rated weatherproof outdoor housing with a hinged front access port secured by dual key screws. Each control unit can be operated from a PC running a graphic user interface compatible with standard web browsers. The control GUI 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.

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (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.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750 |

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Hiltron Communications Expands Product Portfolio

Hiltron Communications Expands Product Portfolio with Formation of ESA Microwave GmbH

Backnang, Germany, January 25th, 2021 – Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the addition to its product portfolio of microwave feed systems for ground station antennas and high performance microwave components.

Having recently purchased the assets of the former ESA Microwave Solutions GmbH, Hiltron has acquired the know-how to design, develop, manufacture and test feed systems and microwave components for the bands from S to Ka, including band combination for multi-band feeds. Hiltron can now offer multi-band feed systems for new antennas as well as retrofit and upgrade of feeds for existing antennas.

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"ESA's customised feed systems and high performance microwave components complement our own range of products for the ground station market sector," comments Hiltron's managing director Antonio Monteverde. "With our in-house design and development capabilities, we are now able to offer motorised antenna mounts, antenna control units, tracking and feed systems for nearly any type of antenna reflector. We have relocated development and manufacturing of the new product line into a newly stablished subsidiary, ESA Microwave GmbH. My colleague Joachim Kaercher will supervise the corporate activity of ESA Microwave GmbH as managing director in addition to his role as Hiltron's financial director."

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (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.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750 |

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Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat

Hiltron Completes Fully Integrated TVRO Platform Control System for Nilesat

Hiltron Communications, a globally active satellite system integrator, manufacturer and distributor, announces the completion of a custom-designed turnkey TVRO satellite platform for Nilesat, one of the largest Middle East telecommunication networks. The new installation is a fully L-band-over-fibre integrated downlink which covers all mediator satellites in the range from 30° west to 100° east, operating in C and Ku bands simultaneously.

"Located at our ground station in Giza, the new downlink gives us the reliability and flexibility we needed for backing up our existing fixed TVRO antennas," says Nilesat Head of Ground Segment Engineer Osama Tantawy. "Incoming signals from all antennas on the new platform, 32 feeds in total, are connected to the master control room via fibre-optic links. Hiltron has produced and integrated a complete solution including its HMCS monitoring and control software. The company worked closely with us from initial design right through to factory acceptance test, onsite installation, commissioning and training. The project was completed successfully and on time thanks to the experience and teamwork of everyone involved."

"We are very pleased to have been chosen to work with Nilesat on this project," adds Hiltron Managing Director Antonio Monteverde. "The infrastructure we have provided includes a 3.7 metre motorised antenna with a Hiltron HMAM motorised mount and Hiltron HACU antenna control unit, RF-over-fibre links from RF Design, plus an LNB power supply and L band switch from ETL."

Hiltron’s HMCS monitoring and control application is designed to control all relevant satellite equipment in a master control room. It allows operators to control equipment from multiple vendors within a unified graphic display. HMCS also provides an SNMP interface to a high-level system. Advanced alarm message handling is included plus the ability to select stored profiles, transponders and slots from a database.

Hiltron's HMAM is a motorised satellite antenna mount designed for two-way satellite communication or receive-only downlink applications. It can be used in a wide range of roles 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. HMAM comes complete with professional-grade drives for azimuth and elevation plus a high-precision polarisation drive. The combined head and drive form a three-axis motorised mount with more than 270 degrees of azimuth adjustment, 90 degrees of elevation adjustment range and fully adjustable polarisation.

About Hiltron 

Hiltron Communications (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.

Contact for further information at Hiltron 

Antonio Monteverde

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Hiltron Communications, Emil-Rathenau-Str., 71522 Backnang, Germany

Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570 | Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750

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Hiltron Integrates Large-Scale High-Throughput Satellite Monitoring System

Hiltron Integrates Large-Scale High-Throughput Satellite Monitoring System

Hiltron Communications announces the conclusion of a major systems integration project for a leading European satellite network operator. The new systems have been delivered to 50 sites around the world where they are being used for continuous quality of service monitoring of high-throughput satellites.

Hiltron has supplied each of the 50 sites with a compact 12U rack populated with the monitoring equipment. The systems delivered are located at monitoring sites across North America, South and Central America, Asia, Europe, and Africa.

Each system includes a Hiltron HCS-4 satellite communication controller which is designed to form the central control element for a wide range of satcom applications. These include switchover between devices such as downconverters, high power amplifiers, waveguides, MPEG digital video broadcast encoders and integrated receiver/decoders.

The HCS-4 can also be used to control and monitor optical-fibre transceivers and antenna heaters. Other features include an N-1 redundancy switch and BUC/HPA controller, an LNB supply, a 2-1 LNB redundancy switch controller, plus a GPS-synchronised fully redundant low-noise 10 MHz reference generator.

Hiltron's HCS-4 satellite communication controller is available as a 2U high 19 inch rack mount unit with main and backup power supplies plus 13 slots for active modules. Also available are two chassis mountable frames accommodating up to 6 or up to 14 active modules.

All three versions can be powered from 24 volts DC and are operated via an intuitive HTML-based graphic interface. Modules are hot-pluggable to allow easy exchange. Any new or replaced module is automatically sensed and its address registered. All units in the family have SNMP remote control, hot-swappable dual redundant power supply and an internal data bus.

Founded in 1979, Hiltron Communications (www.hiltron.de) is a world leading satcom equipment manufacturer and system integrator operating from modern purpose-built headquarters based in Backnang near Stuttgart. Hiltron's ISO 9001 certified on-site facilities include a purpose-designed integration area for ground systems, large antenna solutions and SNG vehicles. Hiltron also has its own research and development department and satellite antenna test plant. Customers can rely on Hiltron's experience in designing system solutions using the company's own and various multivendor products. Hiltron offers a wide range of customer-focused services covering every aspect of the modern satellite communication business.

Contact for further information:

Hiltron Communications
Antonio Monteverde
Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570
Email: antonio.monteverde@hiltron.de

Address:

Hiltron Communications
Emil-Rathenau-Str. 1
71522 Backnang
Germany
Tel: +49 (0)7191 343 570
Fax: +49 (0)7191 3435 750
Web: www.hiltron.de