Gilat’s 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 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.”
According to Grant Zhou, COO of AirMedia, its subsidiary, Air Esurfing Co (ARE) and Gilat have built a strategic collaboration upon “ARE’s innovative ability to integrate Gilat’s dual-band terminal into the commercial IFC and IFEC solutions in China to accommodate and empower communications with satellite ChinaSat 16 and future ChinaSat 18 on the Ka band.”
Zhou confirmed that ARE is currently focused on accelerating efforts to get its IFC and IFEC solutions STC and VSTC certified for Boeing 737NG and Airbus 320 airplane families, adding that once they had such certification, ARE would become the exclusive provider of the solutions globally.