Skytrac turns into the most recent producer of flight terminals with the Iridium Certus 9810 transceiver


Press release from Iridium Communications | September 24, 2020

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Iridium Communications Inc. recently announced Skytrac as the newest manufacturer of Aviation Value Added (VAM) for the Iridium Certus 9810 transceiver. Skytrac is already an Iridium Certus service provider and can now both manufacture devices and serve customers throughout the aviation industry.

Skytrac’s new SDL-350 terminal is designed for optimal size, weight and performance (SWaP) and will be a 2-MCU satellite communication system slated for launch in 2021. The new terminal offers broadband speeds of up to 352 kbps to and from the aircraft. The SDL-350 is designed for the only L-band broadband platform that offers truly global connectivity. It also takes advantage of the flexibility of the Iridium Certus platform to scale device speeds, sizes, and power requirements based on the needs of the end user.

Skytrac also produces the ISAT-200A-08 terminal using Iridium Certus 9770 with medium-band speeds of 22/88 kbps, which compares a 10x bandwidth improvement for operators looking to optimize their efficiency with VoIP communication (FDR) to Iridium’s narrowband services brings streaming functionality, real-time alerts, enhanced situational awareness and more.

“Iridium Certus heralds a new era of globally available connectivity for operators looking for higher bandwidth satellite communications solutions,” said Jan van der Heul, Vice President of Sales at Skytrac. “We are excited to bring the two new terminals to market and look forward to working with operators around the world to improve their operations through the capabilities we provide.”

The SDL-350 terminal will combine Skytrac’s historic strengths in flight data collection and satellite communications with processing power and Iridium Certus bandwidth. This makes it an ideal solution for applications such as flight data monitoring, EFB (Onboard Electronic Flight Bag) functions, real-time health and usage monitoring (HUMS), medical data transmission, VoIP communication (Voice over Internet Protocol), Global Aeronautical Distress and GADSS -Compliance functions (safety system), situation awareness, solutions for connected aircraft, transfers of large files and more, depending on the bandwidth level of the terminal.

“As the new VAM for the Iridium Certus 9810 and a valued long-term Iridium partner, Skytrac continues to produce data-driven, full-service solutions for the aerospace industry,” said Bryan Hartin, Iridium executive vice president of sales and marketing. “We are pleased that Skytrac is expanding its product offering by developing, developing and manufacturing new products using the Iridium Certus 9810 and Iridium Certus 9770 transceivers.”

The wide range of functions that both new terminals will offer offers solutions for operators in all segments of aviation for both the rotary and fixed-wing markets. The new terminals provide operators with truly global capabilities in air fire fighting, business aviation, rescue / search and rescue, aviation, oil and gas, law enforcement and more.

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