Satcom Direct Plane Simple® Antenna System approved for Viasat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service

Satcom Direct Plane Simple® Antenna System approved for Viasat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service

Melbourne, FL. / 13 February 2024 – Satcom Direct, the business aviation solutions provider, is celebrating type approval of the SD Plane Simple® Ka-band terminal for Viasat’s Jet ConneX inflight broadband service. The approval follows months of meticulous testing and optimization by both companies. It confirms that the advanced new terminal, which is purpose-built for the business aviation sector, is fully compatible with Jet ConneX and maximizes connectivity to keep customers productive, entertained and in touch wherever they fly.

The SD Plane Simple Ka-band terminal will connect immediately with existing Viasat GX satellites, which power the Jet ConneX service, and will also be compatible with next-generation GX satellites, each of which deliver more capacity than the existing GX satellites put together. These upcoming satellites transmit dual polarity signals, which more than doubles the amount of data being transmitted and received. The SD Plane Simple® Ka-band terminal is the first in the business aviation sector to successfully optimize this technology.

An expanded range of service plans for Jet ConneX will be made exclusively available to Satcom Direct operators equipping their aircraft with the SD Plane Simple® Ka-band tail mount terminal. The new offerings include the first-ever ‘Power by the Hour’ option for the JX service, enabling business jet operators to pay an hourly rate for high-speed inflight connectivity.

Satcom Direct and Viasat Partnership

SD President Chris Moore says, “Our goal is to ensure our business aviation customers benefit from consistent, reliable service. Our Plane Simple Ka-band technology, combined with the new plans and our industry-leading customer support, adds further value to our offering. Customers require flexibility and consistency, and together with Viasat, we are committed to delivering a superior service that aligns with diverse operational budgets and individual customer demands.”

Kai Tang, Viasat’s Head of Business Aviation, says, “Jet ConneX has established itself as a trusted business aviation inflight connectivity solution, delivering consistent, reliable, high-speed broadband wherever customers fly. It has always remained one step ahead of market demands and we’re excited to introduce even more advanced capabilities and service plans with Satcom Direct’s Plane Simple Ka-band technology. We congratulate our partner Satcom Direct on this important milestone.”

SD has confirmed its first customer for the SD Plane Simple® Ka-band terminal and is talking with other operators keen to participate in Supplemental Type Certification (STC) generation, with the first STC expected to be confirmed by the end of Q1 2024. If you want more from your connectivity, contact our sales team today.


About Satcom Direct
Satcom Direct (SD) is founded on a core belief in understanding the value of time and the importance of maximizing it. The company mobilizes the most cutting-edge technologies to enable connection wherever you might be. SD’s proprietary technologies span business aviation and government sectors, with the singular goal of leading connectivity industry standards.

Harnessing a powerful combination of tools, SD delivers consistent, reliable connectivity across the globe. Proprietary software, hardware, terrestrial infrastructurecybersecurity solutions and award-winning customer support create tailored data services for each individual customer mission. The aim is to enhance the passenger and ownership experience, improve efficiencies and give back precious time by providing connectivity beyond all expectations.

SD World Headquarters is located at the heart of the Space Coast in Melbourne, Florida, with 14 additional locations in 11 countries, including the UK, UAE, Switzerland, Singapore, Australia, and Brazil, plus a hardware development and manufacturing base in Ottawa, Canada. For more information regarding SD, visit, e-mail [email protected], or call U.S. +1.321.777.3000 or UK +44.1252.554.460

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