New Global Aero Terminal is First to Combine Ku- and Ka-band In Single, Integrated System
Carlsbad, Calif. October 16, 2014 – Broadband connectivity at 35,000 feet (10,688 meters) is growing in several dimensions. More aircraft are installing onboard broadband systems, more data is being consumed while in-flight, and the expectation for service network performance is increasing. Anticipating this growth, Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has developed a hybrid shipset designed to deliver high-performance mobile satellite services worldwide over both the Ku and Ka frequency bands, enabling an aircraft to connect to the best service available depending on its location. The terminal, designed for transport-size commercial and VIP aircraft, enables a high-performance, high-speed service level to every person or device connected for personal entertainment and office-in-the-sky applications.
In late July, Viasat conducted two airborne trials of the Viasat Global Aero Terminal 5320 (GAT-5320), the latest addition to a portfolio of broadband antennas, modems, and airborne internet services. The hours-long flights on a Boeing 757 used three different satellite networks, connecting with six Ka- and Ku-band satellites. Onboard testers were able to simultaneously connect multiple wireless devices to high-bandwidth applications such as multi-site videoconferencing, social media, and live streaming of HD TV and movies.
The GAT-5320 shipset provides operators with access to aviation’s newest satellite connectivity technology, meeting the expectations for a premium experience for dozens of passengers on an aircraft and multiple aircraft in the same air-space.
“The successful tests show that we are ready to provide our general aviation, government, and commercial airline customers with the industry’s highest performing, most advanced global airborne service,” said Ken Peterman, senior VP at Viasat. “With our global Ku-band network, Viasat-1, and our planned Viasat-2 launch in 2016, we are continuing to increase the capacity, coverage, and performance of our global network. The new terminal future-proofs the shipset decision for this class of aircraft with its ability to take advantage of multiple satellite bands.”
The fuselage-mounted terminal integrates these Viasat components:
- Single antenna system with separate Ku and Ka apertures that can automatically connect with the best available Viasat service for global roaming, including the same Ka aperature used on the JetBlue and United fleets.
- Baseband systems for both Ku- and Ka-band satellite services.
- New, single radome for the combined Ku/Ka antenna.
The GAT-5320 is available for delivery to general aviation customers in April 2015, with service available in June. The terminal is being quoted to completion centers now.
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