VIASAT KA-BAND

SATCOM KA-BAND

Service Launch

2018

Coverage

Regional

Speed

~16 Mbps

No Speed Limit

Plan Cost

$7K- $25K

Hardware Weight

51 lbs

Viasat has transformed the in-flight connectivity experience by offering unprecedented Wi-Fi speeds and performance through advanced high capacity Ka-band satellites.

Launched in 2011 ViaSat-1, a single satellite offering 140 Gbps of throughput in Ka-Band over North America was joined in 2018 by ViaSat-2 expanding Ka-band coverage across North and Central Americas, Caribbean, and trans-Atlantic routes.

In 2020 Viasat removed all Internet speed limits to enable more efficient use of data-intensive passenger and flight crew applications. Since the removal of the speed restriction, some operators have already seen speeds of up to 40 Mbps.

Viasat leadership in the KA-band will be further enhanced with ViaSat-3, comprised of three satellites and ground network infrastructure, expected to begin launch in 2021.  Each satellite will offer 1 Tbps of throughput in Ka-Band and will be placed to provide global surface coverage. Completion of the global constellation is expected by 2022.

COVERAGE

Current Viasat high-speed Ka-band coverage focus on high business jet traffic routes in north. central America, the Caribbean region, and trans-Atlantic routes.

By 2022, The Viasat-3 constellation of 3 GEO satellites should provide a true global Ultra-high throughput coverage.

HARDWARE

Viasat developed Global Aero Terminal 5510 (GAT-5510) offers a compact Ka-band satcom terminal compatible with large and mid-size business jets.

The system consists of four major components:

  • A 2-axis steerable 2-way Ka-band antenna with an integrated ACU,
  • an antenna power supply unit,
  • A modem.

The GAT-5510 easily integrates onto an aircraft with a tail, fuselage, or hatch-mounted antenna and onboard modem.

AIRCRAFT OFFERING

Helicopter

Not Available

Turboprops

Not Available

JETS

Light

Not Available

Medium

All

Large

All

Bizliners

All

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