[Satellite TODAY 02-22-13] ViaSat’s
VR-12 Ka-band satellite antenna system has passed industry standard DO-160G testing, which meets FAA and international regulations for electrical and electronic equipment installed on commercial aircraft. This standard applies to practically every aircraft, ranging from general aviation and business jets, helicopters, and commercial jets, to civilian aircraft modified for government use.
The VR-12 Ka antenna system, together with ViaSat’s mobile satellite modem provide high data rates and Beyond Line of Sight (BLOS) airborne satellite communications for bandwidth intensive applications – such as military intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) over both commercial and military Ka-band frequencies. Previous flight test results included successful simultaneous transmission of HD video, video teleconferencing, VoIP applications, and Internet at aircraft-to-satellite transmission rates of up to 10 Mbps.
“We designed the VR-12 Ka system to be a form and fit interchange with its Ku-band counterpart [VR-12 Ku],” said Paul Baca, VP and GM, ViaSat Global Mobile Broadband Systems. “Customer experience has shown that an antenna swap is possible with a simple flight line maintenance action, allowing for a very quick adaptation of the aircraft BLOS communications capabilities to meet mission requirements.”
ViaSat’s VR-12 Ka-band satellite antenna system are expected to start shipping within the next few weeks.