At the 2018 NBAA convention in Orlando, Intelsat, the world’s largest satellite fleet operator, launched its own end-to-end managed service FlexExec dedicated to business aviation. Intelsat promised at the time that the new service will not share capacity with the over 60 airlines using its large Ku-band satellite network.
Intelsat’s FlexExec is a global, secure, multi-layered broadband satellite connectivity service that delivers consistent, high-performance coverage. The service is designed to offer a reliable and consistent connectivity experience to business aircraft passengers.
Offered exclusively through Satcom Direct. FlexExec offers an Industry-first service plan flexibility tailored to meet sophisticated flight department needs.
FlexExec is specifically engineered to cover high traffic routes with High Throughput Satellite (HTS) Ku-band coverage, with layers of wide beam capacity for added resiliency and redundancy. FlexExec allows for maximum flexibility, efficient use of bandwidth, and managed services which are critical when routes and passenger requirements shift unexpectedly. The open architecture design of FlexExec allows Comsat, and sister company Satcom Direct, to analyze network demand and usage to ensure that capacity is available, with the ability to add additional capacity as necessary.
FlexExec uses Astronics T-300 Tail mount broadband satcom system. The latest T-Series system allows for maximum ku-band performance on both High-Throughput Satellite (HTS) spot beams and conventional wide-beam with a high agility allowing for minimum beam-to-beam switchover latency.
The T-311 system is composed of 4 aircraft LRU’s:
- A Gimbal Antenna Unit (GAU).
- An Antenna Control & Modem Unit (ACMU)
- A Block Up Converter (BUC)
- A Block Down Converter (BDC).