Gilat Satellite Networks’ 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 aero terminal is now qualified for installation in all commercial aircraft, with the company saying it provides “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.”

“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.”

The AeroEdge 6000 terminal is able to operate in both Ku and Ka bands, providing satellite broadband communication for high-speed internet and multimedia applications for commercial airlines.

Gilat says the terminal has the ability to switch instantaneously during flight between Ka and Ku bands according to capacity coverage and availability, providing uninterrupted user experience to passengers during flight.

The company says its 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, accommodating 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).

Gilat launched the AeroEdge 6000 dual-band terminal in March 2018.

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