Satellite® Automatic Driller

Satellite® Automatic Drilling Control System Used World-Wide

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The Satellite® Automatic Drilling Controller has been used for many years in oil fields. It has been tested and proven to be a reliable, durable, and solid workhorse. While others have come and gone, the Original Satellite® has stood the test of time.

The Satellite® Automatic Driller is manufactured and distributed by Dick's Oilfield Instruments Sales and Service Inc.

This state-of-the-art Driller reduces drilling cost per foot, increases rate of penetration, provides longer bit life and helps drill a straighter hole. The system works by controlling weight of a drill bit during the drilling operation by mechanical manipulation of the drawwork's break handle. Operation is based on the relationship of deadline tension and weight on the drill bit. The system uses hydraulic pressure generated by the deadline anchor weight sensor. As deadline tension increases above the pre-selected level on the system controller, Satellite (R) pays out drill line by raising the drawwork's break lever. This allows the drum to turn. By lowering the break handle, the drum stops when a pre-selected weight value is reached.


  • Easy to install
  • Rugged design assures reliable results even in extreme environments
  • Speed control automatically adjusts to all drilling conditions and formations
  • Uses rig air pressure, no external power source required
  • Precision weight on bit control maintains constant penetration rate


  • Advanced air valve provides smooth response, even in tough drilling environments
  • Two speed gear unit covers a wide range of penetration rates
  • Hydraulically activated control unit receives the weight signal directly from rig’s weight indicator or deadline anchor sensor, eliminating the need for extra equipment.

Satellite® Models:

The Satellite® may be configured as a Wall Mount or Console Mount based on the type (configuration) of drilling equipment in use.

The SA100 Wall Mount (remote) system controller using hydraulic pressure signals from a deadline anchor weight sensor. This system is used on deep hole rigs that are equipped with a deadline anchor.

There is also the SA102-2 Console mounted system controller, which uses hydraulic pressure signals from the deadline anchor. In this unit, the hydraulic sensing tube is connected to the console weight indicator manifold. The air supply is also internal to the console. Operating lines are attached to the controller in the field.

The Satellite System consists of the following components:

Drum Sensor

Two Speed Motor

Air Valve

  • Controller assembly
  • Differential gear box
  • Control Valve
  • Air filter
  • Lubricator
  • Flexible shaft
  • Spring assembly
  • Air Hose

An optional weight sensor is available for situations in which an existing weight Indicator sensor cannot be used.

To order specify:

  • Type of the weight indicator to be used with
  • Flex-Shaft length 40", 50", 60", 80", 100", etc.
  • Console mount or stand alone mount

For more information and to request a catalog, contact Dick's Oilfield Instruments Sales & Services, Inc.


Trust the Original Satellite®

The Satellite® Automatic Drilling Control System is a registered trademark of Dick's Oilfield Instrumentation Sales and Service Inc.

Use of this trademark is strictly prohibited without a written contract and explicit permission from the owner of Dick's Oilfield Instrumentation Sales and Service Inc.

When you see this label, you know you have the Original Satellite®:

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