Astronics advances STC project for B777 connectivity solution


Astronics announced progress in its STC project to provide next-generation connectivity on the Boeing 777 aircraft family.

The STC project has been accepted by the FAA and is now open for the installation of a satellite connectivity solution comprised of a ThinKom Ka2517 phased-array aero satellite antenna, an Astronics Dual-Modem ModMan (ADMM) and Astronics’ radome/support structure system, or its Outside Aircraft Equipment (OAE). Approval is scheduled for the second quarter of 2024.

ADMM is Astronics’ newest Modem Manager (ModMan), integrating two high-throughput aerospace modems, an application processor, and aircraft IO in a single 4MCU package for operator network flexibility. Astronics’ OAE support structure is comprised of a radome, a newly designed adapter plate, a skirt and wiring. ThinKom’s Ka2517 ultra-low-profile antenna is designed to deliver great network flexibility and consistent high performance for global inflight broadband. Products have been developed in partnership with Safran Passenger Innovations and support its growing footprint in the IFEC industry.

“Astronics has a rich history of aircraft integration and certification,” said Michael Kuehn, president of Astronics CSC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Astronics. “This latest STC project will highlight the team’s industry-leading capabilities in inflight connectivity system certifications. We’re looking forward to delivering another STC on time and continuing to support the aviation market with the components for next-generation systems and certifications.”

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