Viasat's SATCOM antenna completes FAA certification testing

Global communications company Viasat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) has announced its Ku-/Ka-band multi-network, multi-mode Global Mobile Antenna (GMA) 5560-101 has completed the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) D0-160G certification process and the US Air Force Materiel Command (AFMC) C-17 Modified Airworthiness Certification Criteria (MACC) testing, the company said.

By completing both the certification and test programs, the Viasat antenna has demonstrated it can provide powerful in-flight broadband connectivity, enabling advanced situational awareness, en-route mission planning, and a host of other applications that demand the highest forward and return link capacity available.

The DO-160G certification enables Viasat´s antenna to be immediately installed on select United States Air Force (USAF) and Foreign Military Sale (FMS) senior leader, VIP and other military aircraft. Passing all AFMC C-17 MACC tests demonstrates the antenna´s ability to become fully certified for USAF and FMS C-17 platforms. Viasat is in the process of submitting C-17 MACC test reports for official review.

The GMA 5560-101 is a second-generation, highly capable, low-risk satellite communications (SATCOM) antenna for medium and wide-body aircraft. Its predecessor is operationally proven, currently flying on nine different aircraft platforms for USAF, commercial airline and FMS customers. The GMA 5560-101 antenna delivers a flexible architecture that is frequency- and satellite-agnostic, meaning it offers:

Viasat is developing a global communications network to power high-quality, secure, affordable, fast connections on the ground, in the air or at sea.