SD extends antenna assessments to Falcon 2000LX
Satcom Direct is testing its Plane Simple Ku-Band Tailmount Antenna on the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX. The company has already tested the antenna on the SD Gulfstream G350.
The company said the G350’s antenna exceeded expectations, demonstrating the system’s ability to deliver a broadband experience on more than 100 flights. The inclusion of the Dassault platform in the validation process will double the testing capacity to provide direct comparative feedback on the full capabilities of the system.
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“The addition of a second platform will serve to further verify the benefits of integrating the new advanced technology antenna with the already proven SD ecosystem of hardware, software and terrestrial infrastructure,” said Chris Moore, SD President of Business Aviation.
“Our mission is to analyze performance and provide our early adopter customers with a high-performance, reliable and validated connectivity solution,” continued Moore. “The dual tests on two very different aircraft platforms demonstrate our commitment to seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider range of aircraft types than ever before. Before the in-service evaluation with customers, which should begin in the third quarter of 2021, it also gives us the opportunity to create our first commercial STC that will support installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide. “
More STCs are to follow by the end of 2021.
The Plane Simple dual variant antenna is installed at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Air validation on the Falcon 2000LX is scheduled to begin in July 2021. It is expected that the functionality of the terminal will be confirmed across the Intelsat FlexExec network; System stress from using multiple high-bandwidth applications at the same time; and check its capabilities across a range of flight dynamics.
“We are focused on developing products for the business aviation community that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the industry,” said Moore. “We’re not re-using existing technology, we’re leveraging our business aviation expertise to bring a range of antennas to market that meet the demanding needs of our business, military, and government aviation customers.”
The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first in a series of antenna systems that SD has developed in cooperation with the Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme. Once activated, the terminal supports the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-Band service, which has been specially developed for the needs of business aviators.