Gilat announced today that its dual-band aero satcom terminal has passed the standard for the environmental testing of its avionics hardware and received DO-160 certification.
Gilat’s Ku/Ka AeroEdge 6000 terminal is now ready to install on all commercial aircraft, providing opportunities to high throughout satellite (HTS) operators, IFEC service providers and airlines who want to leverage IFC opportunities with the flexibility to use both Ku- or Ka-bands.
The AeroEdge 6000 is capable of providing satellite broadband communication for high-speed internet and multimedia applications for commercial airlines.
Gilat’s terminal has the ability to switch instantaneously during flight between Ka and Ku bands according to capacity, coverage and availability. The company says this is unique, plus its seamless band switching provides an uninterrupted user experience to passengers during flight.
The terminal includes Gilat’s ER 6000-A Ku/Ka antenna, SkyEdge II-c Taurus modem manager, Ku/Ka aircraft networking data unit (Kandu) and Wavestream’s Ku/Ka radio frequency units (KRFU).
Ron Levin, VP mobility and global accounts at Gilat, said: “Completion of the DO-160 certification is a major technical achievement and an important step in fulfilling our IFC strategy and positions Gilat as a significant worldwide player with a unique terminal offering.
“We are very pleased to pass this important milestone and expect to see the AeroEdge 6000 flying commercially in 2019.”