Skytrac to use Iridium Certus 9810 transceiver for new SDL-350 terminal


Skytrac is now an aviation value-added manufacturer (VAM) for the Iridium Certus 9810 transceiver. Already an Iridium Certus service provider, the move means Skytrac can now manufacture equipment and provide service to aviation customers.

Designed for optimal size, weight and power, Skytrac’s new SDL-350 terminal will be a 2-MCU satellite communications system, planned for market introduction in 2021. The new terminal is designed to offer broadband speeds of up to 352kbps both to and from the aircraft. Skytrac says that as well as being built for an L-band broadband platform providing truly global connectivity, the SDL-350 also takes advantage of the Iridium Certus platform’s flexibility to scale device speeds, sizes and power requirements based on the needs of the end user.

Skytrac is also producing the ISAT-200A-08 terminal utilising Iridium Certus 9770 with 22/88kbps mid-band speeds, which it says will bring a tenfold bandwidth improvement as compared to Iridium’s narrow-band services, for operators looking to streamline their efficiencies with VoIP communications, FDR streaming capability, real-time alerts, advanced situational awareness and more.

“Iridium Certus ushers in a new era of globally available connectivity for operators looking for higher bandwidth satellite communication solutions,” said Jan van der Heul, vice president of sales at Skytrac. “We’re excited to introduce the two new terminals to the market and look forward to working with operators around the world to enhance their operations through the capabilities we provide.”

Skytrac said the SDL-350 terminal will be an ideal solution for applications like flight data monitoring, onboard electronic flight bag capabilities, real-time health and usage monitoring, medical data transfer, VoIP communications, Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System compliance functions, situational awareness, connected aircraft solutions, large file transfers, and more, depending on the terminal’s bandwidth level.

“As a new VAM for the Iridium Certus 9810 and a valued long-time Iridium partner, Skytrac continues to produce full-service data-driven solutions to the aviation industry,” said Bryan Hartin, executive vice president, sales and marketing, Iridium. “We’re excited to see Skytrac expand their product offerings by designing, developing and manufacturing new products utilising the Iridium Certus 9810 and Iridium Certus 9770 transceivers.”

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