FliteStream® T-Series Delivers Fast, Seamless In-flight Internet and TV

East Aurora, NY | December 13, 2017– Astronics Corporation (NASDAQ: ATRO), a leading supplier of advanced technologies and products to the global aerospace, defense and semiconductor industries, announced the success of the recent in-flight demonstrations of its FliteStream® T-Series tail- mounted connectivity system. The system, provided by Astronics’ wholly owned subsidiary Astronics AeroSat, is now certified and in production.

Astronics AeroSat conducted the demonstration flights in collaboration with its connectivity partners Panasonic Avionics (network operator) and Satcom Direct (reseller partner). Astronics AeroSat invited various subject matter experts,
dealers, MROs, and owner-operators to experience the FliteStream® connectivity
performance first-hand on a Gulfstream G-IV aircraft in the skies above Las Vegas during the NBAA business aviation trade show in October, 2017.

Demonstration flight attendees were invited to use their personal devices to try out the connectivity performance. Multiple users simultaneously operated up to 22 separate devices to text, make voice and video calls, stream video and audio, securely connect to offices via VPN, and email large files.

The 28 passengers who flew on four separate flights experienced:

  • A minimum of 4 Mbps connectivity (commonly reaching over 7 Mbps) on Panasonic’s wide beam

    network. The new high-throughput satellite (HTS) network, layered with the wide beam network, will be introduced to the business aviation market in the second half of 2018, promising more capacity, speed and live TV channels to improve the passenger experience.

  • Streaming video (e.g. IPTV – internet-delivered television, Netflix, Hulu)
  • Streaming audio (e.g. Spotify)
  • Large file data transfers (e.g. 28 MB+ files)
  • Full flight system tracking and performance (taxi, take-off, climb, cruise, descent, and landing)

“On every flight, we had people doing everything from e-mailing and text messaging to FaceTime calls. The number of devices actually used in flight ranged from a minimum of 17 to as many as 22 devices simultaneously. All of the participants were very impressed with the connectivity capability,” explained Rick Brainard, Director of Business Development at Kaiser Air.

He continued, “We performed all of our demos in flight, under real conditions, unlike others showing just on-ramp performance. I went into the demonstrations with high confidence that the demo flight attendees would be impressed with the system. Each demo flight confirmed that, not only is the Astronics AeroSat FliteStream T-Series a great system for our clients, it is a great system that brings incredible value to the passengers and crew.”

The FliteStream T-Series system is available now and can be purchased through MRO facilities, for installation on business and VIP aircraft.

About the FliteStream T-Series Satellite Connectivity Antenna

Astronics AeroSat’s FliteStream solutions are the only products available with patented “Rexolite® Lens” technology, which creates the most efficient, reliable and highest-performing connectivity systems available. The FliteStream T-Series provides high-speed internet, live IPTV and DBS-TV in a single antenna.

Key features include:

  • Seamless connectivity for passengers to browse the

    internet, send and receive emails, make calls using Voice- Over-IP (VoIP), access virtual private network (VPN) services, conduct video conferences and enjoy favorite work or entertainment applications

  • Highest performing Ku-band SATCOM antenna system, critical for maintaining low angle satellite coverage while flying at higher latitudes, where most flights occur
  • A five-piece LRU system: antenna, antenna controller, low power transceiver, power amplifier and diplexer
  • Compliance with RTCA DO-160 & RTCA DO-178

    Astronics AeroSat keeps people connected no matter where they fly. For over a decade, Astronics AeroSat has provided fuselage- and tail-mounted satellite communications (SATCOM) solutions for general aviation, business aviation, commercial transport, VVIP/heads of state and military aircraft around the world. Learn more at Astronics.com.

Munich, 01 June 2009 – TriaGnoSys, the expert in satellite communications, has today launched VoCeM, the world’s most efficient satellite communications compression software. Currently, voice over IP (VoIP) calls use up to 96 kbit/s, GSM use up to 30 kbit/s; using VoCeM, each call will only use 6 kbit/s. Satellite costs are therefore reduced significantly, meaning call costs for the end user can be much lower.

Not only does VoCeM reduce the kbit rate for calls, but it also increases the number of simultaneous calls each satellite link can handle. Using the VoCeM compressor, Inmarsat or Ku-band payload usage can be increased by a factor of between 5 and 10.

The VoCeM software has been designed to be installed on existing GSM, 3G/UMTS and VoIP communications servers, so no hardware upgrades are involved. In addition, the considerable cost savings mean VoCeM provides a quick return on investment.

VoCeM can be used for all forms of remote communications systems, including passenger and crew GSM and VoIP services on cargo and cruise ships, aircraft, and remote terrestrial sites, such as oil fields and mines.

Axel Jahn, Managing Director of TriaGnoSys, said, “Any one already providing either GSM or VoIP services on ships, planes or in remote areas on land knows how important those services are. What we can do with VoCeM is cut call costs and increase the number of simultaneous calls available. And all it takes is a simple software upgrade. It is not magic – it is the application of state of the art transcoding and compression techniques combined with innovative kilobit transmission technology.”

Jahn continued, “The promise of onboard and remote communications services has always been that the experience will be the same as standard terrestrial services. The technology to make that happen has been available for some time, but at a cost. The introduction of VoCeM, bringing down call costs, means the promise is now reality.”

About TriaGnoSys
TriaGnoSys is the expert in remote communication, information and media, enabling communications and information transfer from anywhere to anywhere. TriaGnoSys develops advanced communication products for GSM, UMTS, VoIP and multi-media data, that utlilise powerful compression rates to deliver low-cost and efficient data transmission.

TriaGnoSys solutions employ both satellite links, as well as direct air to ground links, to deploy its cutting-edge router software. TriaGnoSys delivers tailored industry solutions by building strategic partnerships with OEMs, system integrators and service providers.

TriaGnoSys Research and Development focuses on a broad range of mobile communication research fields on subjects such as mobile end-to-end solutions, next generation satcom and aircom, and combined navigation/communications applications and technologies. TriaGnoSys views every research project as a potential commercial opportunity.

TriaGnoSys has been involved in the development of a number of industry-leading projects, including Airbus/OnAir’s inflight mobile GSM service and Thales’ connectivity programme for Internet and cabin telephony. TriaGnoSys is headquartered in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, a European centre of excellence for satellite communications and satellite navigation.

For more information, go to: http://www.triagnosys.com