Orbit Unveils AirTRx Antenna System for Regional Airlines

By Mark Holmes | March 27, 2023
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Orbit’s AirTRx system for regional airlines (Photo: Orbit Communications)

Orbit Communications Systems (Orbit) is introducing a new antenna solution targeting the regional aviation market. It announced March 6 that it is launching the AirTRx system that aims to provide continuous communications for regional airlines. The systems are designed to be extremely compact and can be installed either on the tail of the aircraft or on the fuselage, with the goal of providing high-performance Wi-Fi communications during an entire flight. Orbit’s AirTRx 30 has a 12 -nch antenna and weighs less than 22 pounds; its AirTRx 46 has a 18-inch antenna and weighs less than 32 pounds.

Both systems deliver high-speed, high-resolution video and data, in real time—the 12 inch terminal delivers a 140 Mbps+ forward link and a 40 Mbps+ return link. The AirTRx 46 terminal delivers 50 Mbps+ return link with ample fade margins. The parabolic configuration of the AirTRx enables low elevation look angles down to zero degrees, without any noticeable decrease in performance.

“As part of their efforts to improve customer service, airlines in the U.S. have committed to providing Wi-Fi communication to all passengers by 2024. Orbit’s high-end systems meet this urgent need for a technological solution that will enable continuous, reliable and high-performance communication throughout the entire flight. AirTRx systems have already been installed and proven on various aircraft around the world; the unique technology, configuration and low weight provide a precise answer to regional jets as well. We anticipate many collaborations with our customers in the U.S. and other regions,” Daniel Eshchar, CEO of Orbit Communication Systems, said in a statement.

This article was originally published by Via Satellite, a sister publication to Avionics International. It has been edited. Click here to read the original version >>

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