Connectivity & Data Feature Stories

The Next Wave: Taking Advantage of Ku-band and HTS For Improved Inflight Connectivity for Aircraft

High throughput satellite (HTS) coverage is here, and Astronics is offering customers its line of inflight connectivity antenna solutions that take advantage of the broader coverage, higher bandwidth opportunity of this spot-beam technology. Astronics recently certified its FliteStream® F-310 satellite communications (SATCOM) connectivity system along with its new ARINC 791-style AeroShield radome and adapter plate. (FAA STC ST04093CH) for use on Boeing 737NG aircraft.

Available for linefit or retrofit applications, these certified HTS-ready solutions have provided seamless inflight connectivity through millions of flight hours for more than a decade. Matt Harrah, President of  Astronics AeroSat, says: “This initial certification enables Astronics to offer our global customer base a total wireless connectivity hardware solution that includes installation plus all structural, antenna and radome system components.”

More STCs are in the works, which will make the technology available to aircraft operators around the globe. “This FAA STC, along with the in-process European EASA STC & China CAAC vSTC validations plus the near term A320-family STC, will provide global opportunities for airline operators and passengers to experience the benefits of our FliteStream & AeroShield connectivity solutions,” Harrah continued.

The FliteStream F-310 integrates next-generation satellite modem technology and is compatible with next generation Ku-band high throughput satellites (HTS), providing maximum internet and data speeds in a single antenna. Additionally, the new AeroShield radome and adapter plate solution is the only next-generation ARINC 791-style solution that provides optimal Ku-band performance combined with the lowest drag design, while meeting all FAA & EASA bird strike safety requirements.

Learn more about solutions for providing Ku-band, HTS service to your aircraft passengers.