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RP2000 at KVH
RP2000 Hexapod Receiving Satellite TV

U of Alberta R2000 Hexapod in the lab
The RP2000 in the lab

U of Alberta R2000 Hexapod in the lab
Brian Arthur - VP Product Development, KVH Industries

KVH Industries

KVH Industries produces mobile satellite antennas for land, sea and air applications. From cargo ships in the North Sea to storm chaser vehicles offroading inland the antennas must survive the ride.

KVH has a dedicated testing facility in Middletown, Rhode Island, equipped with one of Mikrolar's RP2000 hexapods. This ensures that the antennas receive rigorous testing approximating real-life extreme conditions. Any satellite antenna mounted on top of the Hexapod is moved – violently – through all six degrees of freedom. KVH’s fielded antennas must be capable of maintaining a lock on the satellite without any malfunctions due to vigorous or unexpected movement.

“The motion table simulates realistic sea motions like those experienced on yachts and commercial vessels during really bad weather,” explains Brian Arthur, KVH’s VP -Product Development, “It enables us to test our products at 30 degrees tilt and pitch and roll, at velocities up to 45 degrees/second, and at accelerations up to 120 degrees/second² at a 2-second period.”

For KVH TracPhone and TracVision antennas, a ride on the hexapod is standard procedure during development – an important step in the process of ensuring maximum performance of the satellite antenna systems. If it’s a KVH satellite antenna, it has survived this wild ride, ensuring great tracking for users at sea, on land, and in the air.

The below video is from KVH and explains in more detail about their dedicated antenna testing facility and the use of their RP2000 Hexapod.