FleetBroadband SAILOR 500

The  FleetBroadband SAILOR 500 is the Flagship of our market leading Inmarsat FleetBroadband portfolio and is designed to meet the voice and data communication needs of maritime professionals globally.

Flexible form and function

FleetBroadband SAILOR 500 is small and lightweight but enables a wealth of functionality including broadband internet/intranet, email and secure VPN with voice calling and data use simultaneously.

Lower capital investment relative to competing connectivity services and flexible, simple installation, even by crew, enables cost-effective, high bandwidth connectivity and communication.

Operational enhancements

Speeds up to 432 kbps bring the broadband experience to the oceans. With this much bandwidth available FleetBroadband  SAILOR 500 enables the use of secure VPNs and custom IP applications.

Empower your vessels with the latest technology. Improve performance with state-of-the-art remote monitoring, reporting and maintenance or enhance safety with telemedicine and distress alerting.

Support your crew

With high quality voice and reliable multi-user data connectivity, FleetBroadband SAILOR 500 harnesses the power of global broadband at sea so friends and family are only a call or email away.

Offer low-cost access to on-board telephones, broadband internet and personal email in order to support crew morale, retention and the safety and efficiency of operations.

Leading technology

Designed to provide reliable operation in the harsh maritime environment, the FleetBroadband SAILOR 500 antenna is a fully stabilized 3-axis antenna with rate sensors for improved performance and fast, intelligent satellite tracking.

Built to the world-renowned SAILOR standards, the antenna really does place FleetBroadband SAILOR 500 miles ahead of the competition and ensures reliable connectivity at all times. 

Thrane IP Handset – high quality voice

FleetBroadband  SAILOR 500  can be transformed into a highly flexible multi-station voice solution, without the need for a separate PABX, simply by adding additional Thrane IP Handsets.

With its intuitive user interface on a 2.2” TFT colour screen and state-of-the-art echo canceller and noise suppression software for excellent call clarity, you can add up to 16 rugged plug-and-play handsets anywhere on a vessel.

Technical Specifications

Global services


Standard IP 432 kbps / 432 kbps
Streaming IP 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256 kbps
Standard voice 4 kbps AMBE+2
Premium voice 3.1 kHz audio
Data 64 kbps UDI / 56 56 kbps RDI
SMS 160 characters
Fax Group 3 (via 3.1 kHz audio)
Dimensions and weight


Above Deck Unit (ADU) (H/W) 797.5 mm / Ø687 mm
Below Deck Unit (BDU) (H/W/D) 42.5 mm / 264.5 mm / 273 mm
Above Deck Unit (ADU) 23 kg
Below Deck Unit (BDU) 2.5 kg
Inmarsat BGAN frequencies


Receive (Rx) 1525.0 - 1559.0 MHz
Transmit (Tx) 1626.5 - 1660.5 Mhz
Channel width 10.5 - 189 kHz (Rx)  -  21 - 189 kHz (Tx)


DC input range 10.5 to 32V DC
Power (max) @10.5-32 V 150W (incl. antenna and PoE output)

Hardware Interfaces

Power button 1 x On/Off switch
Power connector 1 x DC heavy duty power input connector
  with Remote on/off and locking mechanism
Phone connector 2 x analogue RJ-11 (independent, 2-wire connectors)
LAN connectors  
Connector type 4 x RJ-45 interfaces with Power over Ethernet
Data rate 10/100 Mbit
Max. cable length 100 m / 328 ft (Cat5 UTP)
SIM Card slot 1 x BGAN SIM Card
Reset button 1 x Factory default reset button
I/O Connectors 5 x General Purpose I/Os
L-band output Yes
Status LEDs Yes
Antenna Connectors  
Below Deck Unit (BDU) 1 x TNC-Socket, Female
Above Deck Unit (ADU) 1 x TNC-Socket, Female
Recommended antenna cable  
Cable loss max/min 20 dB at 1.62 GHz and 1.0Ω DC loop resistance  /  3 dB at 36 MHz to 4 dB at 54 MHz

Physical Conditions

Vibration and shock


Vibration, Operational (ADU) Random spectrum 1.05 g rms x 3 axes:
  5 to 20 Hz: 0.02 g2/Hz
  20 to 150 Hz: -3 dB/octave
  (6 h total)
Vibration, Non-operational (ADU) Random spectrum 1.7 g rms 2 h x 3 axes:
  5 to 20 Hz: 0.05 g2/Hz
  20 to 150 Hz: -3 dB/octave
Mechanical shock 20 g / 11 half-sine
Ship Motion


Roll +/- 30 deg. per 4 s, max 0.7 tan.
Pitch +/- 15 deg. per 3 s, max 0.6 tan.
Yaw +/- 10 deg. per 5 s, max 0.3 tan.
Surge +/- 0.5g
Sway +/- 0.5g
Heave +/- 0.7g
Turning rate +/- 36°/s; ACC 12°/s2
Headway speed 22 m/s (42 knots)
Wind 100 knots

Environmental Conditions



Operational (ambient) -25°C to +55°C
Storage -40°C to +85°C
Survival (power on, non-functional) -40°C to +80°C
  Automatic thermal surveillance shuts down system gradually in ease of own temperature
Relative humidity (operating)


Below Deck Unit (BDU) 95% non-condensing at +40°C
Above Deck Unit (ADU) "Exposed" according to EN60 945
Water and Dust (IP rating)


Below Deck Unit (BDU) IPX6
Above Deck Unit (ADU) IP31
Icing (survival) Max 25 mm


User interfaces Power On/Off button; DC connector w. Remote On/Off and locking;
  LED indicators; Thrane & Thrane web interface; Reset button
Languages UK, FR, DE, ES, RU and CN
General approvals CE, Compliant to RTTE
Type approvals Inmarsat FleetBroadband Class 9 Type Approval


Telephone functionality Phonebook; Message indication; Restricted dialing; Traffic logging;
  Local exchange; Up to 16 handsets with individual numbers
Set-up and Router functionality Webserver;  Built-in NAT router;  Network management;  SIP Server; Remote access; 11 PDP context;  PPPoE;
  Enhanced remote management;  Activation of connection via SMS
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