Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd., a worldwide leader in satellite networking technology, solutions and services, announced today that its dual-band aero terminal has passed the standard for the environmental testing of avionics hardware and received the DO-160 certification. Gilat’s Ku/Ka AeroEdge 6000, a complete aero terminal is now ready to install in all commercial aircraft, providing opportunities to HTS operators, IFEC service providers and airlines who want to leverage IFC opportunities with the flexibility to use both the Ku or Ka bands.
The AeroEdge 6000 is a high performance, highly efficient terminal able of operating in both Ka and Ku bands, providing satellite broadband communication for high-speed Internet and multimedia applications for commercial airlines.
Gilat’s terminal is unique, being the only open architecture terminal with the ability to switch instantaneously during flight between Ka and Ku bands according to capacity coverage and availability. This seamless band switching provides an uninterrupted user experience to passengers during flight.
Gilat’s AeroEdge 6000 is the only dual-band aero terminal that can operate and provide service over any satellite and any network, as well as having the flexibility of its components to interwork with other modems, antennas and power amplifiers. This distinctive advantage accommodates the diverse requirements of airlines and service providers.
The terminal includes Gilat’s ER 6000-A Ku/Ka antenna, SkyEdge II-c Taurus MODMAN, Ku/Ka Antenna Networking Data Unit (KANDU) and Wavestream’s Ku/Ka Radio Frequency Units (KRFU).
“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” said Ron Levin, VP Mobility and Global Accounts at Gilat. “We are very pleased to pass this important milestone and expect to see the AeroEdge 6000 flying commercially in 2019.”