New STCs To Enable LuxStream Satcom on Gulfstream Jets

 - August 20, 2020, 12:03 PM
An STC for hardware enabling the LuxStream service is expected on the Gulfstream G450 next month followed by the G350, GV, and G550 by the end of the third quarter of 2020. (Photo: Collins Aerospace)

Collins Aerospace’s LuxStream airborne connectivity service will soon be available on a variety of Gulfstream jet models following FAA approval of multiple STCs by Western Jet Aviation. Van Nuys, California-based Western Jet and Collins expect STC approval for installation of Collins's KuSat-2000 satcom terminal that enables the LuxStream service on the G450 next month followed by the G350, GV, and G550 by the end of the third quarter of 2020.

Installations will be performed at Western Jet and Collins-approved MROs. Launched late last year on VistaJet’s Bombardier Globals, LuxStream, part of Collins’s ArincDirect services portfolio, offers speeds of up to 25 Mbps in the U.S. and 15 Mbps elsewhere by way of SES’s Ku-band satellite network. 

LuxStream provides bandwidth capable of supporting multiple streams of ultra-high-definition content while fellow passengers are concurrently running other apps and is offered with flexible pricing depending on the frequency of use. Also, it provides for an always-on service that’s enabled by the redundancy and resiliency of SES’s satellites and serves as a turnkey solution with both hardware and service provided by Collins.

“We know in-flight connectivity is one of the most in-demand features on today’s business aircraft and we are proud to provide the market’s premier service,” said Collins executive director for business aviation and digital solutions Dori Henderson. Powered by SES’s global geostationary high-throughput and wide satellite beams, LuxStream’s performance has been validated with more than 25 passengers able to access the internet and stream content at 25 Mbps simultaneously, according to Collins.