Viasat KU-Band Advanced

SATCOM KU-BAND

Service Launch

2006

Coverage

Near Global

Speed

10 Mbps (CONUS)

6 Mbps (Global)

Plan Cost

$7K- $40K

Hardware Weight

32 lbs

Picture: Boeing

Since foundation in 1986, the California based, high-speed satellite broadband service provider, Viasat, has been one of the most innovating companies in aviation satcom technology for both civilian and government applications. 

Viasat Ku-band satellite communications technology enabled the first production broadband data system for business aviation as part of the SKYLink offering by ARINC Direct that began operation in 2005. In 2007 Viasat partnered with KVH Industries to build Yonder Ku-band aviation service, offering first true “office in the sky” experience to business jet passengers. In 2010 Viasat acquired the SKYlink service from Arinc direct and added their 80 private customers to the Yonder network. The Yonder sub-brand was dissolved in 2017 where the service become marketed under Viasat Ku-Band offering.  

The Ku-band Advanced pioneered in-flight high-quality internet experience, currently delivering connection speeds up to 10 Mbps over Continental US and 6 Mbps over the rest of the world. The service offering includes 3 service plans with data allowances of up to 70 Gb per month. The service is available during all phases of flight including taxi, takeoff, and landing.

Following the launch of it’s faster Ka-band service, Viasat started offering both incentivized upgrade to the new improved service and a hybrid Ku/Ka-band installation for maximum availability.

COVERAGE

Viasat Ku-band offers a near-global network coverage using a global leased fleet of satellite transponders. The Ku-band service covers over 90% of the top-flight paths.

HARDWARE

The Viasat Aero Mobile Terminal VMT1500 system is the lightest, smallest-footprint Ku-band mobile high-speed Internet shipset available for large-cabin business jets.

The terminal comprises a small antenna, a modem, and an antenna control unit. When the Antenna mounts permanently on the tail of the aircraft, the modem can be installed at a variable distance from the antenna to accommodate various
aircraft models.

The system can be installed in 10-15 days, depending on the aircraft configuration and weighs around 45 lbs.

AIRCRAFT OFFERING

Helicopter

Not Available

Turboprops

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JETS

Light

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Medium

Not Available

Large

All

Bizliners

All

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