Orbit Now Provides Full Support for VT iDirect’s Airborne Satellite Communications

Orbit Now Provides Full Support for VT iDirect’s Airborne Satellite Communications

The company’s newly-developed AirTRx™ ruggedized modem and existing terminals provide VSAT solutions for both pressurized and depressurized aircraft cabins

Netanya, Israel, March 2, 2017 – Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. (TASE: ORBI), a leading provider of precision tracking-based communications solutions and airborne communications management systems, announced today that its AirTRx VSAT solution now provides full support for iDirect’s airborne satellite communications with a newly-developed ruggedized modem.

The AirTRx ruggedized modem integrates iDirect’s Evolution® Satellite Router Board with a weatherproof enclosure that complies with the Radio Technical Commission for Aeronautics (RTCA) DO-160G standard and complements Orbit’s field-tested airborne VSAT terminal in X, Ku and Ka bands.

AirTRx60  Terminal & AirTRx Modem  based on iDirect’s Evolution board

“Working together with Orbit allows our partners to answer the need for unfailing mobile connectivity in the air,” observed David Harrower, Regional Vice President, Europe/Africa/Russia, at VT iDirect. “Orbit’s ruggedized modem, based on our leading mobility technology, allows government and commercial agencies to better support critical operations.”

“The ruggedized modem is an ideal solution for VT iDirect customers who would like to leverage their existing infrastructures to provide airborne connectivity,” explained Mike Gold, Orbit’s VP Sales, North America. “It especially answers the needs of those using multiple platforms for both commercial and governmental applications.”

About AirTRx

Orbit’s AirTRx satellite communications solution supports data, voice and video, together with a qualified COTS solution for star, mesh and iSCPC network topologies. Key benefits include:

  • Automatic Beam Switching (ABS) supported along the aircraft mission path via Antenna Control/Modem OpenAMIP protocol
  • Spread spectrum capabilities for Adjacent Satellite Interference (ASI) prevention
  • Fast carrier data rates, thanks to superior AirTRx RF performance and modem processing capabilities
  • High availability, due to high pointing accuracy and RF tracking, end-to-end Automatic Uplink Power Control (AUPC) and Adaptive Coding & Modulation (ACM) features in the modem
  • Ease of deployment and operation, resulting from VT iDirect’s global reach and Orbit’s field-tested airborne VSAT systems, including low-profile and parabolic terminals

About VT iDirect

VT iDirect, a subsidiary of VT Systems, is a global leader in IP-based satellite communications providing technology and solutions that enable our partners worldwide to optimize their networks, differentiate their services and profitably expand their businesses. For more than 20 years, the VT iDirect organization has focused on meeting the economic and technology challenges across the satellite industry. Today, the product portfolio, branded under the name iDirect, sets new standards in performance and efficiency, making it possible to deliver voice, video and data connectivity anywhere in the world. VT iDirect is the world’s largest TDMA enterprise VSAT manufacturer and is the leader in key industries including mobility, military/government and cellular backhaul. In 2007, iDirect Government was formed to better serve the U.S. government and defense communities. For more information please visit www.iDirect.net.

About VT Systems

VT Systems is an engineering company providing integrated solutions to the commercial and government markets in the aerospace, electronics, land systems and marine sectors. VT Systems’ innovative solutions, products and services include aircraft maintenance, repair and modification; software solutions in training and simulation; satellite-based IP communications technology; network solutions that integrate data, voice and video; rugged computers and computer peripheral equipment; specialized truck bodies and trailers; weapons and munitions systems; road construction equipment; and ship design and shipbuilding. Headquartered in Alexandria, Va., VT Systems operates globally and is a wholly owned subsidiary of ST Engineering. Please visit www.vt-systems.com.

About Orbit

Orbit Communications Systems Ltd. is wholly-focused on precision tracking-based communications – in the areas of satcom, telemetry and remote sensing – and provides an innovative solution for airborne audio management. With certification by defense, government and commercial agencies, we deliver tailor-made, turnkey solutions on land, at sea and in the air. Orbit’s unique combination of smart design, high reliability and field-tested experience means that if you can conceive it, we can provide it.

AirTRx is a trademark of Orbit Communication Systems Ltd.

Contact information

VT iDirect
Julie Bettinger
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
VT iDirect
Phone: (1) 703 648 8155
Email: jbettinger@idirect.net

Kimberly Miles
Manager, Corporate Communications
VT Systems
Phone: (1) 703 739 2610
Email: kmiles@vt-systems.com

Orbit
Ian Tick
Head of Communications
ian.tick@orbit-cs.com

Gelbart-Kahana Investor Relations
Eran Gabay
erang@gk-biz.com