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March 27th, 2019

SatixFy and ST Engineering's Joint Venture, JetTalk, to Show Aero, a Fully Electronic Terminal, at Aircraft Interiors Expo

JetTalk, a joint venture between SatixFy UK Limited and ST Engineering, will be showcasing their state-of-the-art In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) satellite Aero terminal, based on SatixFy’s Electronically Steered Multi-beam Antenna Array (ESMA) technology, at the Aircraft Interiors Expo, April 2-4, held at the Hamburg Messe, Germany.   

JetTalk’s Aero all-in-one terminal is fully electronic. With no moving parts, it allows fast and simple installation, maintains the highest reliability and is low maintenance.

SatixFy's Aero terminal.

Able to simultaneously communicate with multiple GEO/MEO/LEO satellites, the terminal provides aircraft passengers with continuous seamless broadband IFC. The terminal supports acquisition and tracking capabilities for multiple beams at multiple polarizations and integrates SatixFy’s next generation modem baseband ASIC for a comprehensive terminal solution supporting any external modem.

Charly Ben Chetrit, the JetTalk Chairman, said that with high demand for onboard real-time video streaming over the internet and high bandwidth consuming social media applications, 300 to 450 passengers in larger jets will soon require a grade of service of up to 1 Gbps during flights. Moreover, most local and regional lines run by single-aisle aircraft are eagerly awaiting an IFC solution that has a quick and simple installation and calibration to compete in the market and offer added value services to their passengers.

JetTalk Aero terminal consists of software defined antenna, as such it supports multiple satellite operators with its future proof SDR (Software Defined Radio) modem and offers straightforward integration with available networks or broadcast operators

Each tile is ESMA based, containing SatixFy’s family of dedicated System on a Chip (SoC) devices. The Beamformer ("Prime") is an industry-new true-time delay chip for pointing and tracking multiple beams from an array of radiating elements. Each element is connected to the RFIC chip (“Beat”) which serves as up and down converter LNA and PA per element. Together, the Prime and Beat create the basis for the ESMA tile.

The Aero terminal offers embedded LEO/MEO support, is software configurable and enables customers the flexibility to migrate to new constellations when available, and with inherent make-before-break capability.

JetTalk is a Joint Venture Company between SatixFy UK Limited and ST Engineering and is developing a satellite antenna system to deliver higher performance with significant cost savings for airline operators, providing enhanced broadband connectivity experience for in-flight passengers.