Model 8200 ACU

The commercial industry’s most-advanced antenna control system meets the requirements of retrofits* as well as new installations.

photo: Model 8200 ACU — front-panel touchscreen and jog controls
Model 8200 ACU — satellite antenna control unit

*As a retrofit option, the 8200 ACU is compatible with industry standard drive-cabinet interfaces and legacy position-feedback devices such as absolute rotary optical encoders, standard single-speed brushless size 11 resolvers, and two-speed brushless size 20 resolvers.


  • Touchscreen controls for all operations
  • Efficient, intuitive graphical user interface
  • Hardware jog buttons with LED indicators
  • Data and parameters secured in nonvolatile storage
  • Innovative setup wizard eases installation
  • Secure TeamViewer integration for remote and shared ACU operation
  • Field-proven in critical applications

Modes of Operation

Manual — Front-panel buttons for two-speed, manual jog control.

Move to Longitude — Position to AZ and EL angles determined from the longitudinal orbital slot.

Move to Look Angles — Position to user-provided AZ, EL, and POL angles.

Step Track — Periodic algorithm to perform an AZ-EL scan pattern to peak up signal strength.

Predictive Track — Point the satellite dish using an orbital model created from previous peak AZ and EL step-track data points.

Optional Modes

TLE (Two-Line Element) — Track automated positioning based on NORAD two-line element sets.

INTELSAT Track — Automated tracking to AZ and EL coordinate sets derived from Intelsat 11 parameters.

Computer Track — Automated positioning using commanded angles supplied from an external computer.

Sun and Moon Track — Automated positioning to AZ and EL locations of the sun and the moon.

Star Track — Automated positioning to AZ and EL locations of radio stars.

drawing: layout of the 8200 back panel
Fully configured 8200 system shown. Actual rear panel may vary depending on configuration.

icon: PDF file download For details and specs, download the product brochure:
Model 8200 ACU – product brochure

Also see: original 8200 product announcement