Toughsat Flyaway


The portable Toughsat Flyaway mobile satellite system delivers Ground Control’s powerful Toughsat XP hardware in an easily transportable format which can be quickly deployed at any location to provide a robust, high-speed internet and communications solution.

The Toughsat Flyaway is designed to mount in all locations that a mobile VSAT system could be mounted, such as on ground, on top of a vehicle, truck, trailer, or even transported in the back of an SUV.

Coverage Data sheet

Case-Based Mobile Satellite Internet

Our Flyaway Toughsat is more than a traditional flyaway VSAT system, in that it is designed mount in ALL locations that mobile VSAT systems could be mounted, such as on ground, on top of a vehicle, truck, trailer, or even transported in the back of an SUV.

The multi-functional stabilization brackets work for both ground mounting and roof-rack “fly-and-drive” mounting… even on rental vehicles. And note this stabilizing bracketing is not required for ground mounting if there is no wind, making setup a breeze in minutes.

Since the Flyaway case is impervious to weather, secure it to any mobile surface such as a flatbed trailer. The case lid can be on or off as desired. The electronics are in their own rolling case and can be safely located and stored. A 50 foot cable run can place the electronics anywhere they are needed and the dish removed from foot traffic.


Installation on Trucks and Trailers

For semi-permanent installations on top of trucks and trailers, you may purchase the inexpensive mounting plate and affix this plate to any rig. Simply remove the 6 nuts that hold the Toughsat to the Flyaway case, and then fasten it mounting plate on the rig. Use the same cables and rolling rackmount equipment and you’ve got a fully functional “permanent” roof mounted mobile VSAT.

One Operator Simplicity – No Certification Required

Once the system is assembled (see video above), operation is as easy as pressing the “Deploy” button. The system will deploy, lock on satellite, and in a few minutes create a Wi-Fi access point for high-speed Internet automatically. It’s that simple!

Total location flexibility – It’s a Toughsat… and can be operated by one person with one button connectivity.

  • Complete, ready-to-go system including all components required for operation
  • Heavy-duty all-weather construction, fully designed and manufactured by Ground Control
  • Establishes a local area wireless network (100-foot radius) automatically
  • No requirement for specialist training to deploy or operate
  • Bundled with our performance iDirect service providing 20Mbps x 5Mbps Internet speeds
  • Service pricing available for Public Safety Organizations. SAFECOM-compliant
  • Works in extreme environments (rain, hail, hot, cold). The case lid is unaffected by weather
  • Ideal for VoIP phone service with low latency (500-650ms) iDirect. VoIP phone service
  • SNG rated to stream live video at guaranteed 4 x 4Mbps with our streaming services. Perfect for news stations or live event broadcasters
  • Excellent back-up Internet for emergency organizational use… activate Internet service anytime
  • Fly-And-Drive bracketing is universal, even for most vehicle roof racks, including rentals
  • 150 watts max draw (90w average). Flyaway may be powered by a $50 vehicle mini-inverter
  • .98m dish will withstand winds speeds of 20 MPH (32kph) without added weight
  • A powerful 6 watt transmitter (BUC)
  • All system bags/cases are under UPS-FedEx-DHL shipping weight limits
  • Transmitter (BUC) Size (XP): 6 watts
  • Main Case Dimensions (LxWxH): 61.25″ x 21.75″ x 16″ (155.6 x 55.24 x 40.64 cm)
  • Main Case Loaded Weight (0.98 /1.2 m): 149 lbs (67.59kg) / 160 lbs (72.57kg)
  • Dish and Bag Dimensions (0.98 /1.2 m): 39″W x 4″D (99 x 10.16 cm) / 48″W x 5″D (122 x 12.7 cm)
  • Dish and Bag Loaded Weight (0.98 /1.2 m): 26 lbs (11.79 kg) / 35 lbs (15.88 kg)
  • Rackmount Electronics Case Dimensions (LxWxH): (6RU) 21.75″ x 24.75″ x 14 (55.24 x 62.86 x 35.56 cm)
  • Rackmount Electronics Case Loaded Weight: 33 lbs (14.97 kg)
  • Fly-and-Drive Bracket and Dolly Bag Dimensions (LxWxH): 62″ x 8″ x 8″ (158 x 20 x 20 cm)
  • Fly-and-Drive Bracket and Dolly Bag Loaded Weight: 28 lbs (13 kg)
Example Plan:
3 GB
12 GB
Pricing (USD):
$399 per month
$599 per month
$849 per month
$1,299 per month
Service Speed:
3 Mbps x 1 Mbps
20 Mbps x 5 Mbps
3 Mbps x 1 Mbps
20 Mbps x 5 Mbps
Inclusive Data:
3 GB
3 GB
12 GB
12 GB
Overage Fee:
$0.19 per MB
$0.19 per MB
$0.14 per MB
$0.14 per MB

Our complete, ready-to-go system includes:

  • The Toughsat XP .98 or 1.2 meter mobile system inside reinforced case (shippable).
  • The Toughsat TS2 ACU (1 RU) with integrated 4-port wireless router.
  • The iDirect Evolution X7 satellite router for 20 x 5 Mbps speeds.
  • Power conditioner (1 RU) for 8 AC plugs. Flyaway may be powered by small 150 watt inverter.
  • 25′ (7.6 m) cable run. Place electronics case at distance from dish. 50′ and 100′ runs available.
  • The rolling rackmount case (6 RU front 6RU back) for system electronics (shippable).
  • A taller 8RU rolling rackmount case available.
  • There is available space in case for customer electronics such as VPN or video encoder.
  • The .98 or 1.2 meter dish with reinforced, double stitched, heavy-duty shippable bag
  • Fly-and-drive & ground mount bracketing with dolly in a heavy-duty bag (shipping compliant)
  • Quick-release dish – No tools needed for full assembly (if not using ground mount bracketing)
  • Standard warranty – 1 year parts and on-site labor
  • Extended 12 & 24 month warranties and lifetime radio electronics warranties available.

Standard Warranty

Toughsat XPs are protected with a standard one-year parts and on-site labor limited warranty. Our field technicians, located in hundreds of locations throughout North America, will drive to your rig’s location (in most locations) and perform needed repairs, all on our dime.

Extended Warranties Available

12-Month Extended Warranty – Add one extra year of parts and labor to the standard warranty for either the Toughsat mobile satellite systems.

24-Month Extended Warranty – Add two extra years of parts and labor to the standard warranty for either the Toughsat mobile satellite systems.

Lifetime Electronics Warranties Available

For a small monthly fee of $24.95 placed on your monthly VSAT service, Ground Control will replace any failed radio electronic component of your satellite system, which includes the satellite gateway router, the LNB, and the 3-, 4- or 6-watt BUC (transmitter). As long as the radio insurance fee is current with an active iDirect account with Ground Control, any radio equipment that fails to operate through standard use will have that part replaced.

*Please see our iDirect Service Plans page for all airtime options.

Dual Matrix – Dual Satellite Network

The Toughsat series – Toughsat XP, Toughsat Flyaway, and T-100 Trailer – may utilize the SES2 satellite service in North America. Users can also choose Intelsat’s Galaxy 18 service, or our Dual Matrix option which allows you to switch between the two services as preferred / needed.

Map shows the Intelsat Galaxy 18 satellite and SES2 footprint, and their shared coverage areas.


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