ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Jet Aviation St. Louis said they are partnering to develop the first-ever hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome for Gulfstream´s large cabin business jets, starting with the Gulfstream G550.
The agreement covers collaboration on both the new dual-band radome and associated Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) to ensure Gulfstream aircraft equipped with the new hybrid system can access the fastest, most robust satellite-based in-cabin internet system available.
The agreement leverages ViaSat´s expertise in delivering fast broadband connectivity equipment and service to today´s aviation market and Jet Aviation´s experience in the installation of satellite systems and associated in-cabin networks. ViaSat has already developed and deployed a fuselage-mounted hybrid Ku-/Ka-band radome to the commercial and government aviation markets based on its fuselage-mounted Ka-band and Ku-/Ka-bands shipsets.
ViaSat, in working with Jet Aviation St. Louis, will expand its advanced aviation materials and fabrication IP to build this tail-mounted Ku-/Ka-band radome. The radome will support both ViaSat´s 30 cm Ku-band antenna and its advanced Ka-band antenna separately or in a dual configuration.
ViaSat keeps the world connected. As a global broadband services and technology company, ViaSat ensures consumers, businesses, governments and military personnel have communications access – anywhere – whether on the ground or in-flight.
Jet Aviation St. Louis is a full-service aircraft maintenance, modifications and completions provider certified to AS9110B, ISO 140001:2004 and OHSAS 18001:2007 standards.