SD helps the development of the Aircraft Easy Ku-band antenna with set up on Falcon 2000LX
Melbourne, Florida. / June 21, 2021 – In the run-up to the personal AEA International Convention & Trade Show, Dallas, May 22-25. June, Satcom Direct – Booth 617 – confirms the success of the first air tests of its Plane Simple ™ antenna series to build the stern antenna on a second type of aircraft, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX, with the installation of advanced technology.
The antenna is already equipped on the SD Gulfstream G350 and has exceeded expectations, which demonstrates the capabilities of the system to efficiently enable a true broadband experience on over 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.
“The addition of a second platform is for further verification the advantages of integrating the new advanced technology antenna into the already proven SD ecosystem of hardware, software and terrestrial infrastructure. Our mission is to analyze performance and provide our early adopter customers with a high performing, reliable and validated connectivity solution, ”said Chris Moore, SD President of Business Aviation. “The dual testing on two very different aircraft platforms shows our commitment to Providing seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider range of aircraft types than ever before. AHead of in-service evaluation with customers to start in the third quarter of 2021, it also gives us the opportunity to generate our first commercial supplementary type certificate that supports installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide. ”More STCs will follow by the end of the year.
The Plane Simple Dual Variant antenna is installed at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas. Air validation on the Falcon 2000LX begins in July and will validate the terminal’s functionality on the Intelsat FlexExec network, load the system using multiple high-bandwidth applications simultaneously, and test its capabilities on a range of flight dynamics.
“We focus on developing products for the business aviation community that are specifically designed to meet the unique needs of the industry. Instead of repurposing existing technology, we are 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, ”added Moore.
The Plane Simple Ku-band antenna is the first of a series of antenna systems that SD is developing in cooperation with the German-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH, a global market leader for innovative aerospace antennas. Once activated, the terminal supports the Intelsat FlexExec Ku-Band service, which has been specially developed for the needs of business aviators.
During the AEA, Satcom Direct will present the new antenna on Tuesday, June 22nd at the New Product Innovation Morning Session and give further technical details in a workshop in the afternoon. Media interviews can also be arranged on site.