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eclipse satcom global xpress aero flexibility

01.12.2016

Aero+ Flexibility Supports Global Xpress Usage

Eclipse addresses many complex aspects of Ku- and Ka-band satcom system delivery, from the installation certification side of things to the provisioning of the complex satcom hardware itself. However, while much time, effort and resources can be spent manging these complex issues the most important aspect of satcom system delivery is the effective use of the system to achieve the in-flight connectivity objectives of end customers. In keeping with our previous generation of Aero+ applications and utilities Eclipse has developed Aero+ Flexibility to facilitate the use of much higher bandwidths associated with Ku and Ka band satcom systems. 

With previous generation L-band systems utilities such as Eclipse’s Aero+ Connectivity were required to facilitate the appropriate use of different types of services available (contended services, QoS services, Circuit Switched services, etc.) and to allow for the configuration of airborne networks. While newer generation Ku and Ka band systems dramatically increase the amount of bandwidth available to airborne users the bandwidth is provided in a single large “pipe” with no built-in ability to distinguish between which passengers and application will have access to the bandwidth.

Aero+ Flexibility allows the customer to manage various aspects of their airborne Ku/Ka band network, including :

–    Bandwidth allocation/prioritization by user, zone or application
–    Dynamic re-allocation of bandwidth in-flight
–    Optimization of data usage
–    Firewall
–    Blocking of different types of web sites and/or data  
–    Passenger Credit Card Payment system
–    Web caching

Of course, all previous generation applications such as Aero+ Clarity (VoIP) and Aero+ Visibility (Video Teleconferencing) are still supported through Ku and Ka band satcom systems. 

Aero+ Flexibility is one more example of Eclipse’s focus on ensuring every aspect of a satcom installation meets the specific requirements of the end user, from the smallest wire installed on the aircraft as part of the installation to every bit and byte of data arriving to an end user’s laptop.