Orbit Communication Systems Introduces Satellite Terminal to Enable Wi-Fi Connectivity

Orbit Communication Systems Introduces Satellite Terminal to Enable Wi-Fi Connectivity

Orbit Communication Systems, a global provider of airborne communications solutions, has introduced the AirTRx system for continuous Wi-Fi communication in regional jets. The systems are extremely compact and can be installed either on the tail of the aircraft or on the fuselage, to provide exceptionally high-performance Wi-Fi communication during an entire flight.

The compact size of the antenna makes the AirTRx the ultimate solution for regional jets, where space is limited – the AirTRx 30 has a 12” antenna and weighs less than 22 pounds; AirTRx 46 has a 18” antenna and weighs less than 32 pounds. The systems have the lowest power consumption of any 12”/18” terminal on the market.

Unlike other available antennas, the parabolic configuration of the AirTRx enables low elevation look angles down to zero (0) degrees, without any noticeable decrease in performance. Being round and symmetrical aperture also delivers the same performance at all skew angles. When installed on the tail of the aircraft, under the fin cap, the extremely light systems reduce fluttering dramatically.

Both systems deliver high-speed, high-resolution video and data, in real time – the 12” 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. Easy to install and service, the fully-integrated 2 Line Replaceable Units (LRUs) terminal consists of a RF antenna assembly (including all RF components) an ARINC600 4MCU MODMAN unit.

“As part of their efforts to improve customer service, airlines in the USA have committed to providing Wi-Fi communication to all passengers by 2024,” says Daniel Eshchar, CEO of Orbit Communication Systems. “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 US and other regions.”

Click here to learn more about the AirTRx satellite terminal system.

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GNSS Constellations - A list of all GNSS satellites by constellations


Satellite NameOrbit Date
BeiDou-3 G4Geostationary Orbit (GEO)17 May, 2023
BeiDou-3 G2Geostationary Orbit (GEO)09 Mar, 2020
Compass-IGSO7Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)09 Feb, 2020
BeiDou-3 M19Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M20Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)16 Dec, 2019
BeiDou-3 M21Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M22Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)23 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 I3Inclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Nov, 2019
BeiDou-3 M23Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019
BeiDou-3 M24Medium Earth Orbit (MEO)22 Sep, 2019


Satellite NameOrbit Date
GSAT0223MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0224MEO - Near-Circular05 Dec, 2021
GSAT0219MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0220MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0221MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0222MEO - Near-Circular25 Jul, 2018
GSAT0215MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0216MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0217MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017
GSAT0218MEO - Near-Circular12 Dec, 2017


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Kosmos 2569--07 Aug, 2023
Kosmos 2564--28 Nov, 2022
Kosmos 2559--10 Oct, 2022
Kosmos 2557--07 Jul, 2022
Kosmos 2547--25 Oct, 2020
Kosmos 2545--16 Mar, 2020
Kosmos 2544--11 Dec, 2019
Kosmos 2534--27 May, 2019
Kosmos 2529--03 Nov, 2018
Kosmos 2527--16 Jun, 2018


Satellite NameOrbit Date
Navstar 82Medium Earth Orbit19 Jan, 2023
Navstar 81Medium Earth Orbit17 Jun, 2021
Navstar 78Medium Earth Orbit22 Aug, 2019
Navstar 77Medium Earth Orbit23 Dec, 2018
Navstar 76Medium Earth Orbit05 Feb, 2016
Navstar 75Medium Earth Orbit31 Oct, 2015
Navstar 74Medium Earth Orbit15 Jul, 2015
Navstar 73Medium Earth Orbit25 Mar, 2015
Navstar 72Medium Earth Orbit29 Oct, 2014
Navstar 71Medium Earth Orbit02 Aug, 2014


Satellite NameOrbit Date
NVS-01Geostationary Orbit (GEO)29 May, 2023
IRNSS-1IInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)12 Apr, 2018
IRNSS-1HSub Geosynchronous Transfer Orbit (Sub-GTO)31 Aug, 2017
IRNSS-1GGeostationary Orbit (GEO)28 Apr, 2016
IRNSS-1FGeostationary Orbit (GEO)10 Mar, 2016
IRNSS-1EGeosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)20 Jan, 2016
IRNSS-1DInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)28 Mar, 2015
IRNSS-1CGeostationary Orbit (GEO)16 Oct, 2014
IRNSS-1BInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)04 Apr, 2014
IRNSS-1AInclined Geosynchronous Orbit (IGSO)01 Jul, 2013