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Satcom Direct Launches Plane Simple Ka/Ku-band Antennas

Feb 26,2020

Satcom Direct today launched a new tail-mounted satcom antenna system for midsize and larger business jets. Dubbed SD Plane Simple, the system offers two antenna variants¡ªone each for Ku- or Ka-band frequencies¡ªbut has the same two modular, network-agnostic line-replaceable units (LRUs) and wiring.


This system simplifies installation and provides a connectivity system that can adapt to future technological developments, according to Satcom Direct. Satcom Direct is developing SD Plane Simple¡¯s antennas in partnership with Germany-based QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme.


The Ku-band variant is expected to be STC¡¯d in early 2021, followed by the Ka-band version later that year. Satcom Direct said it has established partnerships with Inmarsat for Jet ConneX (Ka-band) service delivery and Intelsat for FlexExec (Ku-band) for SD Plane Simple.


Support will also be streamlined and enhanced with the new antenna system, it said. ¡°Until now, customers may have had to contact two or three companies to integrate or troubleshoot the equipment and services needed for consistent connectivity,¡± said Satcom Direct founder and CEO Jim Jensen. ¡°Now with the Plane Simple antennas added to the SD portfolio, we can rapidly predict and respond to issues before or as they occur.¡±


Meanwhile, Satcom Direct continues to make progress on an electronically steered, fuselage-mounted phased-array antenna announced at NBAA-BACE in October. The lightweight, low-profile, modular antenna, which is also being co-developed with QEST, will deliver high-speed connectivity for aircraft as small as light jets via upcoming low-earth-orbit constellations scheduled to be available in 2022.


Under this background, the 2nd Connected Aircraft China Congress 2020 will be held on July 8th - 9th , 2020 in Shanghai, China, the congress was hosted by Civil Aircraft Operation Support Technology Sub-committee of CSAA, supported by COMAC Shanghai Aircraft Design And Research Institute, organized by COMAC Shanghai Aircraft Customer Service Co., Ltd. the congress will mainly focused on in-flight connective technologies and operation.


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