SD bolsters Ku-band antenna progress with installation on Falcon 2000LX

posted on 22nd June 2021 by Eddie Saunders
SD bolsters Ku-band antenna progress with installation on Falcon 2000LX

Ahead of the in-person AEA International Convention & Trade Show, Dallas 22- 25 June, Satcom Direct – booth 617 – confirms it is building on the success of initial aerial testing of its Plane Simple antenna series with the installation of the tail-mount antenna on a second aircraft type, the SD Dassault Falcon 2000LX. 

The antenna is already equipped on the SD Gulfstream G350 and has performed beyond expectation demonstrating the system’s proficiency to efficiently enable true broadband experience during some 100-plus flights.

The addition of the Dassault platform to the validation process will double testing capacity to give direct comparative feedback about the system’s full capabilities.

“Adding 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,” says Chris Moore SD President of business aviation.

“Our mission is to analyse the performance and deliver a powerful, reliable, validated, connectivity solution to our early adopter customers.

“The dual-testing on two very distinct aircraft platforms demonstrates our commitment to providing seamless end-to-end connectivity for a wider selection of aircraft types than ever before.

“Ahead of in-service evaluation with customers, which is slated to begin Q3 2021, it also provides us with the opportunity to generate our first commercial Supplemental Type Certificate which will support installation for Falcon 2000 owners worldwide.”

Further STCs will follow before the end of the year.

Installation of the Plane Simple dual variant antenna is taking place at the Dassault Falcon Jet facility in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Aerial validation on the Falcon 2000LX begins in July and will confirm the terminal’s functionality across the Intelsat FlexExec network, stress the system by using simultaneous, multiple high-bandwidth applications, and verify its capabilities across a range of flight dynamics.

“We are focused on developing products for the business aviation community that have been designed specifically for the unique requirements of the sector,” adds Moore.

“We are not repurposing existing technology but using our experience as business aviators to bring a series of antennas to market that will meet the demanding needs of our business, military and government aviation customers.”