Astronics’ LuxStream connectivity passes the test

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Astronics Corporation reports that it has completed a successful test flight of its Ku-band tail-mounted antenna technology for the Collins Aerospace KuSAT2000 SATCOM terminal, for the LuxStream business jet connectivity system.

According to Astronics, the KuSAT-2000 tail-mounted antenna system demonstrated download speeds of up to 25Mbps service in the USA and 15Mbps globally utilizing SES satellites. The test team say they transferred approximately 12GB of data during the test flight, including up to seven devices streaming high definition (HD) content from a variety of video-streaming services. In parallel to these streaming services, the crew executed multiple voice and video calls, testing a wide range of communications platforms.

Astronics says the system exceeded all key performance indicators established for this test flight, providing confidence in system performance as the rollout of LuxStream progresses.

“Collins Aerospace is excited to work with Astronics to bring LuxStream’s unmatched connectivity speeds to business jets around the world,” said Bruce Quade, senior programme manager of connectivity services for Collins Aerospace.  Collins Aerospace is the primary point of contact for all sales and technical support.

“During our test flight, I was thrilled to connect with Matt Landel, director of engineering sales at Astronics AeroSat, by video conferencing with him using the LuxStream service. This experience highlights how LuxStream provides the fastest broadband speeds available, with unmatched worldwide coverage,” added Quade.

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