Thuraya Aero Sectors


Thuraya Aero offers the same powerful satellite communication package as the IP+ but from flying aircraft. With this new technology, decision makers at home are in constant contact with aircraft and can receive live imagery and share mission critical information. The system works over the horizon, to distant borders, over deep waters, to the site of a disaster or danger zone. It is made possible by the Thuraya satellite network, a mechanically sterred satellite antenna connected to an onboard unit and specialized interchangeable peripherals. It is a next generation system which is compact, inexpensive, works in all kinds of weather and it can be customized for various applications.

For example, most border patrol aircraft already have an observation turret onboard but cannot transmit imagery farther than a few kilometers. Now the infrared and daylight video, as well as the targeting data can be transmitted through the Thuraya network back home: simply use the already installed video codec of the satellite data unit SDU to compress the HD video and embed the camera's metadata stream.

Still imagery can be transmitted too. For example, while patrolling fishing waters, a coast guard aircraft can access the Internet to upload photos of polluters or illegal trawling and simultaneously check databases for details of the ship in question.

Because the Thuraya network is duplex and integrated into the Internet, ground commanders connected to a secure VPN can instruct and support aircraft in the air. For example, military aircraft, while circling over a conflict zone not only can transmit surveillance video back home, they can also receive maps and instructions from commanders.

A Thuraya Aero user can connect to anyone who has an Internet connection or a Thuraya IP+ unit. This means that a police patrol in a jeep with an IP Commander can stream video to an aircraft circling overhead using an external codec. By using VoiP, web chatting and fleet tracking, all personnel can coordinate with each other and with the command center. And because all of this is done over satellite, no one is out of range.

Thuraya Aero offers power and flexibility to government aircraft users. No matter where the mission takes you and how you want to use the duplex connectivity, Thuraya Aero can help you make your mission successful.


The Thuraya Aero solution makes it possible for distant aircraft to stay on line and in touch over satellite. With Thuraya Aero, pilots and their crew are no longer limited to voice communication, UAV's stay on-line throughout the mission, generals go airborne and still command in real-time, medivac helicopters are linked directly to hospitals, and so on. Whatever your communications needs are, Thuraya Aero provides the satellite link to make your mission successful.

Because the Thuraya Aero system is an airborne version of the IP+, the same IP capabilities available to the Thuraya user on the ground work from the air too. For example, an aircraft can access a military IP network, provide targeting data, transmit live imagery as well as receive instructions, information and support from commanders back home.

The system is simple. A mechanically steered satellite antenna is installed on the top of the fuselage or tail and the Thuraya Aero satellite data unit is connected to peripheral components such as an IP hub, Wi-Fi transceiver and IP telephone. Crew members use their flight computer or a separate PC to access headquarters' secure VPN and share information through file exchange, emails and chatting. Information from the cockpit and camera is shared on the VPN, HD video from an outside turret is highly compressed and streamed to the ground, voice over IP provides secure audio comms.

For pilotless missions, the Thuraya system is installed onto the UAV and is connected to the naviagtion system and to the camera with the built in video codec. The system automatically connects to the network, transmits periodic GPS information, streams live video when commanded to do so and receives new waypoints and commands from the ground, beyond line-of-sight, out of harm's way.

For commanders who need to stay on the move, the Thuraya Aero system is installed onto their airborne command center.  Through a server, IP hub, and Wi-Fi, officers use their own devices to enter username and password to access the military VPN, check emails, surf the Internet, and even perform duplex video conferencing with an external codec. Ground troops also benefit from the Thuraya Aero system.  For example, soldiers can feel secure knowing that medevac helicopters and air ambulances are installed with a Thuraya Aero system to transmit vital signs data to waiting doctors at the hospital.  Tele-medical devices such as ECG and electronic stethoscopes as well as a headset with a camera can be connected through the WiFi to an onboard communications hub and to the ground.

No matter the application, the Thuraya Aero system offers a powerful beyond line-of-sight duplex communication pipe for decision makers, personnel, and for the success of your mission.  It is a next generation solution which is light, inexpensive, and works in all weather.

Enterprise ISR

Thuraya Aero offers duplex data and communications to those whose missions are critical, whose assets are vast and whose aircraft need to stay in touch. it offers the same connectivity and inexpensive airtime pricing as the Thuraya IP+ but in the sky, from all kinds of aircraft.

The setup is easy: a small mechanically steered antenna is mounted on the top of the fuselage or tail, a compact onboard satellite modem with interchangeable peripherals is onboard. The service works at all altitudes and in bad weather. PC's, cameras, the flight computer, Wi-Fi transceiver and other systems can be easily integrated into the system to make customized applications for various types of customers.

Organizations committed to monitoring and protecting the environment, for example, can access databases and transmit imagery and climate data with the Thuraya Aero system. Simply use an onboard IP hub to share satellite bandwidth for the sensor processor and any other PC's.

For disaster management, aircraft bringing supplies can be tracked, supplies monitored, assets coordinated with the help of fleet tracking and supply chain data received live from the sky. The easy IP interface to the flight computer and other processors enable the aircraft to transmit vital logistical information and receive instructions from the ground.

A UAV working in a remote area, monitoring a pipeline for example, can transmit imagery back home from well beyond line-of-sight. Connect the Thuraya Aero system to the onboard camera and the internal processor to stream the imagery to headquarters for analysis, the camera can be remotely controlled and new commands can be transmitted to the navigation system.

Forest fire monitoring and prevention requires aircraft flying long distances using highly sensitive infrared and daylight cameras.  This aircraft, especially when dealing with an emergency, need to be tracked, imagery must be available to fire-fighters on the ground, the command center must have real-time information – all beyond line of sight.  The Thuraya system with its built in video codec makes it possible to transmit live HD video back to the command center and also to receive last second instructions in real time.  Personnel on the ground have the latest life-saving and firefighting information and will never be surprised by a wild fire again.

The Thuraya Aero service, through its beyond line-of-sight duplex data offering, increases mission success and helps save lives.  Ask us now how we can help your missions become more efficient and successful.


Thuraya Aero is the airborne version of the IP+ service and offers full satelllite IP connectivity for all kinds of aircraft. This new technology enables the VIP to stay connected and in control while cruising at 35,000 feet.  It lets passengers use their personal devices from their seats to check emails and surf the web.  It means closing the deal, not missing an opportunity - staying informed, not feeling isolated.  It is inexpensive, easy to install, and available now.

The setup is simple: Thuraya's compact onboard satellite data unit SDU is connected to a hub, Wi-Fi transceiver, or directly to an onboard server. The airborne antenna is small and can be located either on the top of the fuselage or on the tail.  Total weight of the solution is low, airtime pricing is very reasonable, and there is no bad weather interference!  Aircraft, big and small, can enjoy the full benefit of IP connectivity at any altitude, without worrying about cost.

All of the things one takes for granted on the ground are available in the sky: video chatting, tele-presenting, VoIP, Internet, email, access to secure VPNs – the tools for taking care of daily business and making real-time decisions together.  Furthermore, the satellite bandwidth can be shared with everyone onboard with priority given to selected users.  By adding a aero certified video-communication unit, the VIP on his or her jet can even make full-blown HD quality video communication face-to-face with partners located around the world.  Direct communication is available to anyone with an IP connection or a Thuraya IP+ unit.  They can be located back home or on yachts, at remote construction sites, somewhere driving through the desert, etc.  All of this in real-time, and from the air.

The Thuraya Aero service provides real bandwidth from a small, inexpensive platform for all kinds of VIP and business aircraft.  This next generation technology makes it possible for you to stay in touch and on line today.  Ask us how.