Antenna Controllers

The ATX-3000 Antenna Tracking Controller is a user-friendly microprocessor-based intelligent system to reliably track inclined orbit satellites or for use as a positioner for geosynchronous satellites with memories for up to 99 satellites.

The ATX-3000 antenna tracking controller Features:

  • NEW! SINGLE POINT CALIBRATION for fast set up!
  • Fully programmable positioner with memories for up to 99 satellites.
  • Peaking and history track algorithms. Tighter peaks, less loss, improved performance.
  • Full remote control / control your antennas position from anywhere in the world!
  • Foul weather mode / improved performance during Wx events.
  • Automatic Calibration for true Azimuth and Elevation displayed in 0.01 degrees.
  • High resolution Brushless resolvers for ultimate position feedback.
  • RS-232/422/485 and Ethernet, + control interface, all Standard / Front panel selectable.
  • M&C monitor interface software with event triggered alarm features and email notifications to your laptop / cell phone or PDA.
  • AC and DC configurations available. Ask about our newly revamped DC configurations.

ATX features include:

Multiple Peaking and history track algorithm set – Multiple user selectable peaking/ history track algorithms. SSC has introduced our best peaking algorithm ever! With our newest peaking algorithm the ATX 3000 delivers maiximum performance with minimal signal loss.

Foul weather feature – FWx – Don’t let rain fade and controller performance ruin your link! Our latest foul weather feature allows a user to either locally or remotely select our new FWx – foul weather feature mode. When bad weather is approaching or has arrived, the user can select our new foul weather mode feature. With our new proprietary FWx mode the tracker delivers maximum performance and signal during bad weather. The user can select the duration of the FWx based on the weather conditions.

Remote operation from anywhere in the world! – Satellite system introduces full remote control for your antenna controller. Now with our latest Monitor and Control software we have added full antenna control. Great for remote operation of multiple antennas or correct antenna position instantly without having to travel to the site whether it is 1 mile away or 10,000 miles away! **

AC and DC solutions – Multiple AC and DC solutions available, please contact factory for your application.


Satellite Systems announces the new control GUI Version 2.0 for our antenna control product line. Enhanced control features allow for remote control of your antenna and additional monitoring tools are included such as strip charting for signal strength, Azimuth & Elevation movement. Version 2.0 also includes a new event-triggered alarm feature that allows for email notification to your laptop / cell phone or PDA. Alarms are triggered via signal strength, loss of signal, and other conditions. New logging to file feature allows for analysis of controller events. Easily imported to Excel. Revolving log file saving feature automatically closes the file and starts a new file once per day for archiving and date stamping purposes.


Precision Position Feedback

AC or DC
Motor
Configurations

Email Alerts
to your
Cell Email
& PDA

Ball-screw DC Actuators with
integrated encoder and limit switches

Compact ADU easy mounting

Space Saving 1 RU ACU

New Monitor & Control Interface

 

Positioning Methods
Designate: Automatically moves the antenna in each axis to one of 99 pre-stored satellite positions.
Direct Az/El: Automatically moves the antenna in each axis to the coordinates entered via the front panel.
Jog: Manually moves the antenna in each axis in response to front panel controls.
Peak: Performs a peaking algorithm on the current target.
Step Track: Automatically performs peaking algorithm in response to input signal level decreasing below a programmable minimum.
History Track: Automatically moves the antenna in each axis along a sidereal time tagged path.
(History track is often referred to as Memory Track or Program Track)
External: Moves the antenna in each axis in response to commands received through the serial port.
Performance
Accuracy: Antenna pointing accuracy within ten percent of the 3dB beamwidth.
Tracking Resolution: > 0.05 degrees with properly specified position sensor.
Interfaces
Reference: Accepts input of linear, analog signal reference from 0 – 20 VDC. Internal op amp circuit provides pre-scaling of gain and slope of tracking reference signal. Final scaling is provided through software.
M&C: Accepts RS-232 / RS-485 (4-wire) data / Ethernet via RJ 45 10/100 Base T for remote monitor and control of all controller functions. SatSysCorp ATX monitor / control software suite is included.
Front Panel: Large Graphic VFD displays antenna position, signal level and operating mode. Keypad provided for user inputs.
Motor Control: The rack mounted microprocessor controller is linked to any of SSC’s motor control options by serial interface cable.
Prime Power (ACU): 90 – 260 VAC, 47 – 63 Hz, single-phase, auto sensing, 65 watts maximum.
Monitor and Control Software for ATX 3000 Antenna Controller
Event triggered alarms – Any alarm conditions can be sent to the user via email to your cell phone. Events can be triggered via signal strength, AZ, EL & POL movements, communication errors and other threshold parameters.
Antenna position and parameter control feature set.
Large easy to read signal strength panel.
Event triggered alarms / Easy to use email control. Email multiple users / Multiple alarm parameters.
Status monitor – The status monitor panel allows for immediate real time data of your systems status.
Strip Chart utility – Strip charting utility allows for recording of signal strength and AZ&EL motor movements. Events are recorded and presented on time based event chart. Additional logging feature allows for tab delimited file that can be imported into your favorite spreadsheet program. The log files can be automatically saved and restarted on a daily basis and pulled up later for review of tracking performance.
Revolving log file saving feature allows user to automatically back up log files for later analysis of controller events. Easily imported to Excel or other spread sheet programs.
Antenna Drive Units for AC Motors
Solid-state variable frequency 3 phase AC motor controllers with microprocessor motor speed management.
Static braking with torque at 150% of rated motor torque.
Variable speed control 0 to 60 Hz with constant torque.
Low frequency voltage boost 150% starting torque under 20% speed.
Local jog control and Emergency Stop switch are provided at the ADU.
Optional handheld remote jog control is available.
HP configuration options:
1 – 10 hp available. * Other higher HP options available, please contact the factory.
AC System Standard Dimensions
ACU: 1 RU, 19″ x 18.5″ x 1.75″
ADU: Dual axis 3 phase AC motor control unit is a NEMA-4 outdoor enclosure 16″W x 20″H x 9″D. Some configurations may require a larger enclosure.
Interconnections
Local AC mains is required at the ADU.
A two conductor, 20 gauge shielded cable from the ADU to indoor ACU interface is required.
Required Limit switches connect to ADU.
Extra Emergency stop switches may connect to ADU.
High resolution optical position encoders or absolute, brushless resolvers mount directly on antenna Az and El pivot axis.
Antenna Drive Units for DC Motors
DC Motor jacks provided by SSC in 12 – 48 inch stroke lengths. Built in encoder feedback. 24 / 36 VDC / integrated limit switches. (DC systems jacks are quoted separately)
DC System Standard Dimensions
ACU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″
ADU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″ (Enclosure solution also available, please contact factory.)
Options
Motors, Gear reducers, Jack screws, Limit switches, Emergency stop switches, umbilical control.
Beacon Receivers
Designed to work in concert with SSC Model 3430 / 3434 line of Beacon Tracking Receivers.
Remote Spectrum Monitoring
Our ATX 3000 is designed to interface perfectly with the DTi Remote Carrier Monitor. Great for antenna control / pointing, beacon monitoring / analysis & signal monitoring.

Please visit www.satsyscorp.com for additional equipment including:

  • Upconverters,
  • Downconverters,
  • Redundancy switches, & RF switches.

Part Numbering Information

1. Please choose your acu configuration from the following table: Example: ACU3000 – A-C2-E0

ACU3000
AC system
A
Resolver
C2
No Pol
E0
OR
OR
OR
DC system
D
Encoder
C3
Pol Motor Only
E1
OR
Resolver Feedback
E2
OR
Encoder Feedback
E3
OR
POT Feedback
E4
POT can be used with encoder or resolver sensor

2. Please choose your adu configuration from the following table: Example: ADU3000 – F22-F22-PO-HO

Two voltage configuration options: (must be specified at time of order.)

220 – 240 Volts, 47 – 63 Hz single- or three-phase prime power, 220 – 240 Volts three-phase motors.

– OR –

380 – 460 Volts, 47 – 63 Hz single- or three-phase prime power, 380 – 460 Volts three-phase motors.
(A single-phase 90 – 260 VAC, 47 – 63 Hz, 45 watts maximum is also require for outdoor controls).

AC ADU3000
Prime Power
at Antenna
AZ Horse
Power
EL Horse
Power
Pol Motor
Electric Brakes
208 – 240 Volts
3 phase
D
240 Volt 1 HP
D11
240 Volt 1 HP
D11
No Pol MTR
P0
No
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
3 phase
F
240 Volt 2 HP
D12
240 Volt 2 HP
D12
24 Vdc
P1
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
240 Volt 3 HP
D13
240 Volt 3 HP
D13
220 VAC
P2
220 VAC
H2
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
1 HP
F21
380 – 480 Volts
1 HP
F21
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
2 HP
F22
380 – 480 Volts
2 HP
F22
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
3 HP
F23
380 – 480 Volts
3 HP
F23
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
4 HP
F24
380 – 480 Volts
4 HP
F24
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
5 HP
F25
380 – 480 Volts
5 HP
F25
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
7 HP
F27
380 – 480 Volts
7 HP
F27
OR
OR
380 – 480 Volts
10 HP
F30
380 – 480 Volts
10 HP
F30

3. Please choose your DC acu configuration from the following table: Example – ADU3000 – F24-Q36- F24-Q36-HO

DC ADU3000
AZ Voltage
AZ Jack Length
EL Voltage
El Jack Length
Pol options
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
No Pol MTR
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36

Ballscrew Actuator
Ballscrew Actuator PDFThe ATX-3000 Antenna Tracking Controller offers a versatile DC Ballscrew Actuator for reliable and accurate antenna positioning for DC systems.

FEATURES

  • “User Friendly” easy to install design.
  • Rugged steel tube construction.
  • 5 pitch ball screw.
  • 1500 lb. capacity.
  • Tube and gearbox easily taken apart for installation and service with simple tools.
  • Interchanges with virtually all other actuators in the field today.
  • Black E-coated outer tube and plated inner tube for superior corrosion protection.
  • Plastic Pilot guide prevents metal to metal contact between the tubes.
  • Forged steel end mount design with swivel and built in standoffs for ½” bolt mounting.
  • Easy to install split clamp assembly for ½” bolt mounting.
  • Mounting bolt kit included.
  • Limit switches with single screw adjustment.
  • Water drains and vents throughout for freeze protection.
  • Ku or C band compatible.
  • 24 or 36 VDC permanent magnet motor.
  • 5 amps @1500 lbs @ 36 VDC.
  • Super Sensor for position feedback w/ integrated limit switches.
  • Multiple throw lengths available.
  • Multiple configurations available please contact your Satellite Systems Corporations representative.
Ball-screw DC Actuators with integrated encoder and limit switches

Ball-screw DC Actuators with integrated encoder and limit switches.

Antenna Drive Units for DC Motors
DC Motor jacks provided by SSC in 12 – 48 inch stroke lengths. Built in encoder feedback. 24 / 36 VDC motor/ integrated limit switches. (DC systems jacks are quoted separately)

DC System Standard Dimensions
ACU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″
ADU: 1 RU, 19″ x 15.5″ x 1.75″ (Enclosure solution also available, please contact factory.)

Options
Motors, Gear reducers, Jack screws, Limit switches, Emergency stop switches, umbilical control

1. Please choose your acu configuration from the following table: Example – ACU3000 – D – C3-E0

ACU3000
AC or DC system
Feed Back
Pol OPTION
AC system
A
Resolver
C2
No Pol
E0
OR
OR
OR
DC system
D
Encoder
C3
Pol Motor Only
E1
OR
Resolver Feedback
E2
OR
Encoder Feedback
E3
OR
POT Feedback
E4
POT can be used with encoder or resolver sensor

2. Please choose your DC acu configuration from the following table: Example – ADU3000 – F24-Q36- F24-Q36-HO

DC ADU3000
AZ Voltage
AZ Jack Length
EL Voltage
El Jack Length
Pol options
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
12 Volts
D12
12“ stroke
L12
No Pol MTR
H0
OR
OR
OR
OR
OR
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 Volts
F24
24” stroke
N24
24 VDC
H1
OR
OR
OR
OR
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36
36 Volts
H36
36” stroke
Q36

Single Speed Brushless Resolver for the ATX 3000

Single Speed Brushless Resolver

SSC P/N 8614.0001
Single Speed Brushless Resolver PDF

The Satellite Systems line of Antenna Control Systems uses a single speed brushless resolver for accurate position feedback of the antenna.

Specifications
Frequency 5 kHz
Input Voltage 7.0 Vrms
Input Current 10.9 ma maximum
Rotational Accuracy ±3 arc minutes
Transformation Ratio 0.95:1
Type Control Transmitter
Mechanical
Shaft size .120″ diameter x 0.500″ length
2 lbs. maximum
1 lb. maximum
Bearing life 2 Billion revolutions minimum at maximum shaft load
Starting torque 0.08 oz. in @25° C
Moment of inertia 0.51 x 10^-4 oz-in-sec^2
Weight (not including mounting hardware) 0.25 Lbs
Overall size (not including mounting hardware and cover 1.1″ dia, 1.6″ length
Environmental
Operating temperature -20° C to +125° C
Shock 50 G’s for 11 mSec
Vibration 15 g’s to 2,000 Hz