Viasat Ka-band Mobile Satellite Antenna System Passes FAA and International Testing
Carlsbad, Calif. – February 22, 2013 – The VR-12 Ka-band satellite antenna system from Viasat Inc. (Nasdaq: VSAT) has passed industry standard DO-160G testing that meets FAA and international regulations covering electrical and electronic equipment installed on commercial aircraft. This standard applies to virtually every aircraft, ranging from general aviation and business jets, helicopters, and commercial jets, to civilian aircraft modified for government use. Test criteria include temperature, altitude, vibration, sand/dust, power input, RF susceptibility, and lightning and electrostatic discharge requirements. These new qualified production units are expected to be shipping within a few weeks.
The VR-12 Ka antenna system and a companion Viasat mobile satellite modem provides very high data rate, Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) airborne satellite communications for bandwidth intensive applications such as military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) over both commercial and military Ka-band frequencies. Previously announced VR-12 Ka flight test results included simultaneous transmission of HD video, video teleconferencing, VoIP applications, and Internet at aircraft-to-satellite transmission rates upwards of 10 Mbps.
Designed for use on aircraft such as Gulfstream, King Air, Pilatus, and C-130, the VR-12 Ka follows on the heels of its VR-12 Ku predecessor, which has accumulated over 500, 000 mission hours and is used on over 300 government aircraft. The VR-12 Ka systems also operate on Viasat’s growing worldwide mobile satcom network in Ka-band overlay regions.
“We designed the VR-12 Ka system to be a form and fit interchange with its Ku-band counterpart,” said Paul Baca, VP and GM, Viasat Global Mobile Broadband Systems. “Customer experience has shown that an antenna swap is possible with a simple flight line maintenance action, allowing for a very quick adaptation of the aircraft BLOS communications capabilities to meet mission requirements.”
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