Satcom Direct selects Stellar Blu as business aviation network provider


(L to R) Dave Falberg, vice president, International, Satcom Direct and Tracy Trent CEO of Stellar Blu at MEBAA 2022.

Satcom Direct (SD) has signed an agreement with Stellar Blu Solutions for the satcom supplier to provide network coverage for executive aircraft flyers. 

The Stellar Blu fuselage-mounted, electronically steered array (ESA) terminal is designed to retrofit executive aircraft to support a full suite of connectivity services. The multi-network terminal supports connectivity to Ku-band airtime networks, including to OneWeb’s LEO constellation. The Stellar Blu terminal equipment gets narrow-body business jets in on the benefits of a fuselage-mounted antenna.

Michael Skou Christensen, chief commercial officer Satcom Direct, said: “Adding the Stellar Blu Sidewinder solution to the portfolio complements the series and gives even more choices for our executive airliner customers. The versatility of the SD eco-system of software, hardware, and ground infrastructure enables customised solutions to meet the specific missions of these elite heavy jets.”

Stellar Blu will begin in-service evaluation of the Sidewinder ESA terminal in Q2 2023, after which a full suite of STCs is anticipated for Airbus, Boeing, and Embraer airframes. The ESA terminal is also being type-approved on OneWeb’s network.

Tracy Trent, CEO of Stellar Blu, said: “SD’s experience and understanding of the importance of keeping these customers connected, the unwavering commitment to customer experience, and the company’s reputation all contributed to our selection process. We’re looking forward to working with them to help our customers optimise the capabilities of our antenna, including its unprecedented speed, latency and lowest carbon footprint, with SD’s Ku services offered by OneWeb.”

Jason Sperry, head of Business Aviation at OneWeb, added: “Connectivity has become an integral part of any business aviation itinerary, and nowhere is this more vital than within the VVIP and government sector.  Passengers expect to be as productive and entertained as they are in the office and home.”