Astronics Antenna Performs in LuxStream Test Flight

 - August 10, 2020, 12:28 PM
Mimicking the broadband satcom needs of a business jet with several passengers aboard, Collins Aerospace and Astronics conducted a test flight for Collins's new LuxStream Ku-band solution, running several devices streaming high-definition video at the same time. The system exceeded all key performance indicators for the test. (Photo: Astronics)

New York-based aviation technology manufacturer Astronics announced that its Ku-band tail-mounted antenna technology exceeded all key performance indicators in a recent flight test of the Collins Aerospace KuSAT-2000 satcom terminal used in Collins's new LuxStream business jet connectivity solution.

The KuSAT-2000 tail-mounted antenna has achieved download service speeds of up to 25 Mbps in the U.S. and 15 Mbps globally using SES satellites. During the test flight, evaluators transferred roughly 12 GB of data on as many as seven devices streaming high-definition content from a selection of video streaming services. At the same time, the crew made multiple voice and video calls on a range of communication platforms, providing confidence in system performance as the rollout of the LuxStream solution continues.

“Collins Aerospace is excited to work with Astronics to bring LuxStream’s unmatched connectivity speeds to business jets around the world,” said Bruce Quade, Collins senior program manager of connectivity, adding that he was able to videoconference with his counterpart at Astronics during the flight. “This experience highlights how LuxStream provides the fastest broadband speeds available, with unmatched worldwide coverage.” Collins serves as the primary contact point for all sales and support of the system.