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Diamond Aircraft's DA62 MPP now available with SKYTRAC SDL-350 satcom for broadband Iridium Certus connectivity
Tuesday, 22 June 2021

SKYTRAC, a leader in satellite communications (Satcom) and intelligent connectivity solutions, today announced that Diamond Aircraft, a leading Austria-based general aviation aircraft manufacturer, will feature SKYTRAC's SDL-350 Satellite Communications (Satcom) solution as a customer option for broadband Iridium Certus connectivity and onboard server capabilities.

The SDL-350, which utilises the Iridium Certus Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband connectivity service to provide up to 704 Kbps of bandwidth to the aircraft, will integrate with EO/IR cameras onboard DA62 MPP aircraft to enable live video transmission during intelligence, reconnaissance, and surveillance (ISR) missions.

The SDL-350 will replace legacy Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite solutions for operational efficiencies allowing for truly global connectivity, improved reliability, reduced latency, and reduced power consumption at a lower overall cost to operators.

"We are excited to partner with Diamond Aircraft to integrate our SDL-350 Satcom system onto the industry leading DA62 Multi Purpose Platform aircraft," mentions Jan van der Heul. "Operators and OEMs are quickly realising the benefits of broadband LEO satellite systems and services, and we are in a fortuitous position to deliver Iridium Certus solutions for various launch customers and operational profiles, globally."

SKYTRAC's SDL-350 will enable DA62 MPP aircraft to increase range and endurance, a crucial capability for mission-specific operations, due to the reduced power consumption, weight, and drag benefits from using significantly smaller equipment and antennas onboard the aircraft.

North Sea Aviation Services (NSAS), a provider of intelligence air surveillance and reconnaissance as a service, will become Diamond Aircraft's official launch partner for the SKYTRAC SDL-350 Satcom terminal and SKYTRAC Iridium Certus data plans onboard a fleet of DA 62 MPP aircraft for European border patrol operations.

"SKYTRAC's SDL-350 is a great addition to our DA 62 MPP platform," mentions Stefan Haim, Technical Manager, Diamond Aircraft. "The SDL-350 promises greatly improved BLOS performance from our legacy LEO Satcom solution and comes with a smaller antenna size. We are excited to see operators benefit from improved airborne mission times, allowing for cost effective, high performance broadband connectivity for NRT video, data, onboard server capabilities, and more. We look forward to integrate the terminal for DA62 MPP customers seeking to improve BLOS efficiencies with the SDL 350."

Contact details from our directory:
SKYTRAC Systems Ltd. Satellite Receivers, Data Acquisition Systems, Health & Usage Monitoring, Secure Communications Systems & Equip, Tracking Equipment, Airborne Communication Systems
Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH Airframer
Diamond Aircraft Industries Inc. Airframer
Related aircraft programs:
Diamond DA62
Related directory sectors:
Avionic Components