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Smiths Microwave-TECOM Industries announces Ka-Band VSAT for tail-mounted SATCOM in-flight connectivity

February 21, 2014
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TECOM, part of the Smiths Microwave Business Unit, announces the introduction of its newest SATCOM product. The KaStream 5000, mounted in the tail of the aircraft, is part of the Ka-band VSAT solution for airborne in-flight connectivity.This airborne SATCOM product provides the industry with leading performance for VSAT. 

TECOM’s products leverage more than five years of experience with more than five million hours of operational flight time with the KuStream®1000. TECOM offers the following advantages to the industry with its newest Ka-band VSAT product line: 

  • Market-leading Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) in a small form factor allowing higher data rates off the aircraft
  • Two Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), a single Antenna Control Unit (ACU) and 11.5-inch Ka-band Satellite Tracking Antenna Assembly (STAA)
  • Multi-modem capability supporting different satellite and ground systems worldwide
  • Swappable Ku- or Ka-band antenna platforms for maximum network and operational flexibility

The product is designed to be form and fit swappable with either Ka-band or Ku-band STAA. TECOM will introduce its new Ku-band VSAT tailmount SATCOM product and swappable STAA later this year.  

The KaStream 5000 will be on display at the Satellite Show, March 11-13, 2014, in Washington, D.C.  Please come by booth #8094 to get further information or contact TECOM Industries Inc. at or 805-267-0100. 

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