Oil & Gas Pipeline Monitoring

Aerial surveillance for pipeline safety and monitoring

A UAV monitoring pipelines in a remote area can transmit imagery back home from well beyond line-of-sight when equipped with Thuraya Aero. Simply connect the Aero system to an onboard camera and an 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.

The Thuraya Aero service, through its beyond line-of-sight duplex data offering, increases operational efficiency. High-powered cameras, zoom lenses, gas sensors and additional sensing technology collect ground information, which is channeled through the Aero network to our customers for analysis – all in a matter of minutes.

Scientific Projects

Effective communication for airborne science programs

In scientific projects and research work, being able to have an overall overview without disturbing or influencing the fragile fabric of the environment is of critical importance. It can likewise be helpful to see objects from different perspectives.

Thuraya Aero supports airborne missions for observing and mapping the land surface, biosphere, atmosphere and oceans. An onboard IP hub can be used to share satellite bandwidth for the sensor processor and PCs. Research crew can access multiple databases, transmit imagery and climate data over our communication system.

  • Archeological research
  • Photogrammetry
  • Glacier, iceberg surveillance
  • Botanical surveys
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Climate observation
  • Radiation measurement
  • Mapping coastal regions
  • Meteorological research
  • Nuclear accidents
  • Volcanic eruptions
  • Forestry
  • Mapping of excavation sites
  • Surveillance of historical buildings
  • Wildlife & aquatic life
  • Agriculture
  • Geophysical surveying
  • Recording salt water infiltration

Special Operations

Adaptive aero communications network for off-the-record assignments

A second’s delay in communications could be costly to special operations units engaged in critical assignments for their governments. Thuraya’s highly secure, interoperable aero network opens up secure and uninterrupted voice, data and video connectivity for classified missions requiring secrecy and agility. Aero facilitates live monitoring for situational awareness, co-ordination and reconnaissance, enabling troops to “plan, move and communicate” continuously amongst themselves and with the command center.

Our airborne communication system, through its beyond line-of-sight duplex data offering, boosts mission success and helps save lives. With its built-in video codec, Aero enables transmission of live HD video back to the command center and allows flight personnel to receive last second instructions in real time.

Thuraya also supports quick integration and activation of onboard military communications solutions essential for intra-flight connectivity, critical command and control; management of local area networks, air-to-ground radios, base telephone systems, computer systems, tactical and fixed communications hardware, mobile radios, base pager equipment, postal and Base Information Transfer Systems services.


Accelerating live aerial broadcasts

To be the first to break a critical story, field teams should be able to connect to their newsrooms from practically anywhere, including the sky.

Live aerial transmission of HD video requires a stable, flexible airborne communication platform. Thuraya Aero fits the bill. Powered by L-band satellite technology, it guarantees steady and disruption-free service, unaffected by bad weather or altitude. Thuraya Aero enables broadcasters to aerially capture, optimize and relay footage of places where SNG trucks cannot reach.

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 small airborne antenna is fixed either on the top of the fuselage or on the tail. Aircraft, big and small, can enjoy the full benefit of IP connectivity at any altitude, without worrying about cost or bad weather interference.

This is particularly useful during live broadcasts when copious amounts of HD video data from multiple sources have to be compiled and transmitted.

Business Jet

Connected Cabins for Airborne Business Ease

VIPs can furnish their business jet with Aero for a superior office-in-the-sky experience. Aero’s compact hardware, easy installation features, support of multiple peripherals and asymmetric streaming capabilities make it an attractive and affordable option for busy businessmen who require fluid access to work while on the move.

Designed for seamless operation on low- to medium level flights and on both fixed- and rotary wing aircrafts, Aero is ideal for all kinds of business aviation jets and delivers uninterrupted coverage via Thuraya’s extensive L-band satellite network. Executives traveling around the world have secure phone, text, internet, email, VOIP, video conferencing, and video streaming access right from the comfort of their cabins. Their inflight experience is further optimized as they can use their own smartphones or laptops to check in with employees, negotiate business deals with partners or keep in touch with family and friends.

Environmental Protection

Protecting Environmental Resources

The conservation and monitoring of ecological resources are required to maintain healthy global habitats and are essential in protection from natural calamities and ecosystem imbalances. Aero is a superior airborne communication solution that helps safeguard our world from impending, widespread environmental disasters.

Aerial operations equipped with Aero can rely on smooth coverage via satellite connectivity for bi-directional voice and data exchange between multiple contacts across remote regions, over land and sea. Aero enables HD video streaming and supports applications for surveillance using advanced cameras and sensors that can be controlled remotely, allowing live imagery and data to be sent and received from many target points. These applications can aid environmental agencies, engineers and scientists to effectively conduct large-scale missions to monitor weather patterns, air pollution, forest areas and inland resources, species migration, and restoration activities. It can further lend communication ease in the prevention of floods, land erosion, wildfires, and illegal activities like poaching.


Firefighting & Police

Superior aerial firefighting with Aero

For effective detection and fast action, firefighting across large areas often involves the use of aircrafts such as air tankers or water bombers. Thuraya Aero easily supports the necessary assets used in both fixed-wing aircrafts and helicopters for advanced success in operations such as aerial fire monitoring, wildfire control, and fire and rescue missions.

As Aero uses Thuraya’s L-band satellite technology, it ensures a steady transmission unaffected by altitude and weather conditions, and is perfectly suited for BLOS missions and aircrafts flying at low or medium levels. With capabilities such as full Internet access, bi-directional voice communication, video surveillance and conferencing, blue-force tracking and moving map applications, Aero enables aerial firefighters to maintain real-time contact, get instructions and coordinate with ground personnel, fire engines and command centers.

From first-response attacks to the extended management of widespread fires, Aero delivers operational efficiency and increased success in aerial firefighting missions.


Safeguard aquatic resources from the air

A healthy marine habitat plays a major role in contributing to a balanced ecosystem and in securing food sources, especially in developing economies. Aero’s advanced satellite communication system equips airborne operations with stewarding ocean resources by helping to effectively track protected species and fish stocks, manage biodiversity, and monitor commercial aquaculture and recreational fishing activities.

As Aero supports real-time HQ video streaming and bi-directional voice communication, flight personnel can seamlessly exchange voice and surveillance data with ground crew or multiple vessels at sea that are installed with Thuraya’s satellite terminals. Fisheries are protected and allowed to flourish in this way, as Aero plays a part in helping with the ocean’s ecosystem data collection, safeguarding the waters from illegal trawling activities, and with updating maritime policies and ensuring compliance.

Maritime Protection

Protect ports and oceans from the sky

The effective monitoring of territorial waters is absolutely essential to marine security and factors into the government’s overall role in border protection and the preparedness against threats. With Aero, coast guard aircrews can optimize their surveillance operations using real-time HD video streams and voice and data exchanges between multiple personnel on both land and sea. As the system runs over a steady satellite network, missions can depend on secure and uninterrupted communication across distances and over uncharted waters for easy tracking and deployment requirements. Aero-enabled aircrafts and coast guard vessels using Thuraya’s satellite terminals can also liaise to establish communication with merchant ships, fishing boats and oil platforms within the state’s marine domain.

Aero is further equipped to aid first responders with vital communicational links and supports the use of specialized telemedical devices, in case of any emergency rescue missions.

Border Protection

Safer Borders with Aerial Satellite Connectivity

Thuraya Aero delivers superior airborne connectivity to enable government border protection operations with safer, more secure and efficient borders. Aero is equipped with duplex communications systems and built-in video codecs for real-time voice, HD video and data transfer to ground control centers and multiple ground personnel.

Even police patrols or vehicles on-the-move in harsh environments can use the Thuraya Commander or IP+ to stream video or images to a patrolling aircraft installed with Aero. While most border patrol aircrafts use onboard observation turrets, they cannot transmit imagery farther than a few kilometers; as Aero uses Thuraya’s extensive satellite network, infrared and daylight video, as well as targeting data, can be transferred across vast distances.

Aero’s capabilities can be maximized to rapidly deploy personnel, monitor border infrastructure, manage resources and keep track of sensors, radars and other technologies used in mission-critical border patrolling and surveillance operations.



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