Thuraya, the mobile satellite services subsidiary of the Al Yah Satellite Communications Company (Yahsat) in partnership with SCOTTY, a developer of beyond line-of-sight (BLOS) satellite communication solutions based in Austria, has successfully conducted a live demonstration of its Aero Mobility capabilities platform – Thuraya Aero, replicating a real-time ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) mission over satellite communications to key government customers.
The technology demonstration highlighted the reliability and effectiveness of Thuraya’s Aero solution for various ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance) operations associated with border patrol, maritime and environmental protection, in addition to disaster relief missions.
Thuraya’s L-band satellite network enabled the real-time transmission of HD aerial video and position data from an inflight fixed-wing Diamond DA62 MPP surveillance aircraft to the mission control centre.
The live surveillance imagery, flight tracking, and duplex data was displayed on the ground using SCOTTY´s Mobile HD portable receive station that supports critical applications including live exchange of Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) information, transmission of border/coastal patrol imagery and first-responder support.
Ali Al Hashemi, Thuraya’s Chief Executive Officer stated: “By fulfilling the growing requirements for secure, always-on mobile satellite communications on land, at sea and in air, we are looking to expand our strong partnership with the UAE government. Today’s successful demonstration is a testament towards Thuraya’s capability to providing reliable aero mobility solutions to our global customers.”
The Aero service is available within Thuraya’s satellite footprint, covering more than 160 countries across the Middle East, Asia, Europe, Africa and Australia regions.
Ideal for low-to-medium level and beyond line-of-sight flights, Thuraya Aero delivers new and exciting capabilities for high-end functions including Search and Rescue (SAR), ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance), Passenger and Cockpit communications on fixed-wing and rotary-wing aircraft. Thuraya Aero facilitates steady internet access, voice calls, text messaging, and real-time, high-speed data applications including video conferencing, tracking, sensor and data collection and transmission. It has built-in video compression capability, handling HD streaming speeds of up to 384 kbps on a single channel.
Yahsat and Thuraya are set to showcase their aero mobility solutions, under the Mubadala pavilion 910 at the upcoming Dubai Air Show, 17-21st November.