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31 May 2023

Stellar Blu and Boeing to work together on open and portable Aero SATCOM Terminal

FORT WORTH, Texas, May 31, 2023 — Stellar Blu Solutions (Stellar Blu), a supplier of next-generation satellite communications technology, and Boeing Commercial Airplanes have signed an agreement to review and evaluate an open satellite terminal for high bandwidth communications to and from the airplane. Leveraging Stellar Blu’s Sidewinder electronically steered antenna (“ESA”) platform, the solution installs into existing Boeing provisions, and offers portability across leading LEO/MEO/GEO Ku-band service offerings. This evaluation will include the 737 MAX, 777-9 and 787 Dreamliner.

Key to the project is an emphasis on maximum flexibility for operators. The resulting solution is entirely “open” offering IFE/IFC providers a simplistic approach to integrate with the terminal using applications and/or APIs. In addition, Sidewinder will leverage Stellar Blu’s existing work with leading satellite network operators like Intelsat and OneWeb, ensuring a wide range of multi-orbit capabilities and service plans at the point of introduction. Also, the project will emphasize a “minimalist” impact on the airframe, assuring that the Sidewinder System aligns with existing Boeing provisions. The resulting solution will initially emphasize Ku-band networks, while Stellar Blu also envisions a K/Ka-band offering leveraging similar packaging and avionics.

The Sidewinder terminal is a fuselage-mounted, electronically steered antenna (ESA), designed with an IFEC and network agnostic integration approach supporting multiple service providers, and satellite constellations in any orbit. The approach will maximize service provider choice, managed by the aircraft operator, with Boeing supporting the initial line fit hardware configuration. Stellar Blu provides ongoing, real-time health monitoring of Sidewinder, and post-delivery configuration support to enable aircraft owners to easily change service providers.

The Stellar-Blu terminal has been selected by multiple airlines for entry into service at the end of this year. The terminal has been designed to provide a broadband connection for consistent, reliable performance for aircraft with high load factors and heavy demand for in-flight connectivity. By offering connections to multiple satellite constellations, it enables redundancy and true global coverage, including polar routes.

“The Sidewinder terminal is a gamechanger for our airline customers. Core to the terminal design was openness and portability. We’ve listened to the airline community, and have embraced the key architectural factors to assure longer terminal lifecycles and longevity on customer aircraft” said Tracy Trent, CEO of Stellar Blu.

About Stellar Blu Solutions
Stellar Blu Solutions is a leader in developing cutting-edge connectivity, network and avionics solutions for next generation satellite networks. Focused on continuing the development of aircraft communications technologies for the world’s leading airlines, as well as solutions for other aerospace and mobility markets, Stellar Blu provides turn-key inflight connectivity solutions including terminal development, aircraft integration and certification and installation packages. With the benefit of a diverse and global workforce, Stellar Blu maintains offices in Texas, California, Germany, Poland and the United Kingdom.

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