Posted on: 17 November 2015 by Ross McSweeny
ViaSat and Jet Aviation St. Louis are collaborating on the development of the first-ever hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome for Gulfstream's large cabin business jets. The Gulfstream G550 (pictured) will be the first aircraft in the programme.
The two companies will work together on both the new dual-band radome and associated Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to ensure Gulfstream aircraft equipped with the new hybrid system can access the fastest, most robust satellite-based in-cabin internet system available.
ViaSat, in working with Jet Aviation St. Louis, will expand its advanced aviation materials and fabrication IP to build the tail-mounted Ku-/Ka-band radome, which will support both ViaSat's 30cm Ku-band antenna and its advanced Ka-band antenna separately or in a dual configuration.
"We are enabling business aviation operators to protect their satcom investments for in-service aircraft while providing them the equipment needed for a next-generation cabin experience," said Ken Peterman, senior vice president and general manager, ViaSat. "Having Jet Aviation St. Louis as a partner brings us the knowledge and capabilities of a world recognized leader in aircraft completion and avionics installation. They understand satellite systems and have complementary skills in designing in-cabin networks."
"We are seeing high demand from existing customers that want to deploy ViaSat's global high-capacity internet service for business applications like Voice over IP, VPN connectivity and high-definition conference calls," said David Loso, Avionics Sales, Jet Aviation St. Louis. "By collaborating with ViaSat on the Ku-/Ka-band radome and STC, we can ensure Gulfstream business jet passengers stay connected no matter where they fly. We also look forward to leveraging our experience with tail-mounted systems to potentially shorten the installation time for this shipset to help meet increasing demand."
ViaSat and Jet Aviation St. Louis will bring the first Ku-/Ka-band radome and STC to the business aviation market in the third quarter of 2016.