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Ka-Band VSAT aids tail-mounted SATCOM in-flight connectivity.

Press Release Summary:

Part of Ka-band VSAT solution for in-flight connectivity, KaStream 5000 mounts in aircraft's tail and features 2 Line Replaceable Units, single Antenna Control Unit, and 11.5-in. Ka-band Satellite Tracking Antenna Assembly. Effective Isotropic Radiated Power in compact form factor enhances data rates off aircraft, while multi-modem capability supports different satellite and ground systems worldwide. Swappable Ku- or Ka-band antenna platforms allow network and operational flexibility.

Original Press Release:

Smiths Microwave-TECOM Industries Inc. Announces New Ka-band VSAT for Tail-Mounted SATCOM In-Flight Connectivity

TECOM, part of the Smiths Microwave Business Unit, announces the introduction of its newest SATCOM product. The KaStream 5000, mounted in the tail of the aircraft, is part of the Ka-band VSAT solution for airborne in-flight connectivity. This airborne SATCOM product provides the industry with leading performance for VSAT.

TECOM’s products leverage more than five years of experience with more than five million hours of operational flight time with the KuStream®1000. TECOM offers the following advantages to the industry with its newest Ka-band VSAT product line:

• Market-leading Effective Isotropic Radiated Power (EIRP) in a small form factor allowing higher data rates off the aircraft

• Two Line Replaceable Units (LRUs), a single Antenna Control Unit (ACU) and 11.5-inch Ka-band Satellite Tracking Antenna Assembly (STAA)

• Multi-modem capability supporting different satellite and ground systems worldwide

• Swappable Ku- or Ka-band antenna platforms for maximum network and operational flexibility

The product is designed to be form and fit swappable with either Ka-band or Ku-band STAA. TECOM will introduce its new Ku-band VSAT tailmount SATCOM product and swappable STAA later this year.

The KaStream 5000 will be on display at the Satellite Show, March 11-13, 2014, in Washington, D.C.    Please come by booth #8094 to get further information or contact TECOM Industries Inc. at or 805-267-0100.

About TECOM Industries, Inc.

TECOM Industries Inc., part of Smiths Microwave, is a leader in innovative design and manufacturing of high-performance antennas and antenna systems for aerospace, defense and commercial wireless applications. TECOM’s antenna systems meet challenging RF requirements in telemetry, electronic warfare and broadband communications in the most demanding and severe environments. As a key partner to our customers, TECOM excels in the development and production of high-volume antenna systems with excellent quality, reliability and on-time delivery. TECOM is headquartered in Thousand Oaks, CA.  For more information about TECOM, visit our website at

About Smiths Microwave

Smiths Microwave is a leading provider of components, sub-assemblies, antennas and systems solutions, primarily for defense and aerospace applications, and solutions that test, filter and process high-frequency signals for wireless telecommunication networks.

As a family of brands, Kaelus, Radio Waves, TECOM, TRAK, LORCH, TRAK Limited, Millitech, Technology, EMC Technology and Florida RF Labs provide exacting solutions for antenna systems for the military and commercial aerospace, transceivers, frequency sources, timing systems, component applications, and a wide range of innovative RF and Microwave solutions for the wireless telecommunications sector.

Alongside Smiths Connectors and Smiths Power, Smiths Microwave is part of the Smiths Interconnect Division of Smiths Group, a global leader in applying advanced technologies for markets in threat and contraband detection, energy, medical devices, communications, and engineered components.  Smiths Group employs approximately 23,000 people in more than 50 countries.

For further information on the variety of products TECOM manufactures, please visit our website at

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