Cobham Explorer 5120 Fly-Away Auto-Deploy VSAT


The EXPLORER 5120 is a 1.2m Ku-band fly-away antenna system that deploys automatically. This allows personnel with minimal satellite experience to easily configure and operate the terminal, enabling the user to access any broadband application over satellite.


  •  Military
  •  Homeland Security
  •  Emergency Response
  •  Law Enforcement
  •  Media: Live Streaming Video, TV Broadcasting
  •  Telemedicine: Critical Medical Information Transmission
  •  Mobile Insurance Claims & Settlements
  •  Remote Office Communications
  •  Energy and Mining


  • Continuity of Business Operations
  • Remote Business Videoconferencing
  • Internet Cloud Services: Voice, Radio, Data, Fax, Live Broadcast

Field communication

EXPLORER 5120 provides crucial connectivity for a diverse user base including Defence, Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Emergency Response, Media, Telemedicine, Insurance, Remote Office, Energy and Mining.

Regardless of the application, EXPLORER 5120 offers continuity of operations with remote videoconferencing and Internet cloud services including voice, radio, data, fax and live streaming/broadcast.

Smart modular design

EXPLORER 5120 is a flexible 1.2m VSAT system that can be completely and conveniently assembled within minutes without the need for tools – wherever you are and however you’re travelling.

Major components like the reflector, boom arm and feed assembly securely snap together; set up the antenna pedestal by simply removing the cover and attaching the outriggers for swift and logical set-up.

Fly or drive

EXPLORER 5120 combines versatile set up and configuration with the convience of choice between a drive-away or fly-away (portable) VSAT terminal within one system.

The flexible EXPLORER 5120 comes with an optional Fly & Drive upgrade kit, so you can make this decision and adapt to conditions even when out in the field.

Zero-backlash cable drive

 Enjoy the reassurance of life-long performance with the convenience, time and cost-savings of minimum regular maintenance.

EXPLORER 5120 features an industry-leading zero-backlash Az/El cable drive and precision polarisation drive to deliver consistent, reliable VSAT performance you can trust.

Precision auto-deploy

EXPLORER 5120 features sophisticated auto-deploy technology, which provides the reassurance of reliability, ease of use and simple configuration with superior portability.

The controller features built-in RF Tuner, Compass, GPS, optional GLONASS, inclined orbit satellite tracking capability and much more for intuitive, secure positioning in any environment.

Web interface

You can easily configure and remotely monitor EXPLORER 5100’s satellite auto-acquisition via the user-friendly, graphical user interface (GUI) on a standard web browser – no need for a separate display.

Straightforward monitoring with EXPLORER 5120’s TracLRI Live Remote Interface means you can check satellite performance easily – by PC, tablet or smartphone – ensuring your ability to stay connected. 

Product Details

  • Assembly Time 15 Minutes (typical)
  • Reflector
  • Size 1.2m Resin Fiber Composite
  • Optics Offset, Prime Focus, 0.8 F/D
  • Construction 2 Segments
  • Polarization Motorized Rotation of Feed
  • Mechanical
  • Positioner Cable Drive
  • Travel Velocity
  • Azimuth
  • Elevation
  • Polarization
  • Slewing & Deploying
  • Peaking
  • Tracking
  • 400° or ± 200° from stow position
  • 5 – 75° from stow position (operational)
  • ±95°
  • 2° per second
  • 0.2° per second
  • 0.1° per second


  • Military
  • Homeland Security
  • Emergency Response
  • Law Enforcement
  • Media: Live Streaming Video, TV Broadcasting
  • Telemedicine: Critical Medical Information Transmission
  • Mobile Insurance Claims & Settlements
  • Remote Office Communications
  • Energy and Mining


EXPLORER 5120 Data Sheet