Mobile satellite communications company Inmarsat
has announced that Avionica, part of GE Aviation, will develop a new cost-effective, lightweight terminal for Inmarsat
's SB-S aircraft operations and safety platform, the company said.
They will deliver power and bandwidth dynamically in real-time to adapt to Inmarsat
's requirements to provide HTS (High Throughput) broadband connectivity for the mobility market.
The cost of the satellites has not been disclosed, although Inmarsat
did say the level of capital expenditure for the new satellite programme aligns with long-term planning so it has not changed its overall capital expenditure guidance.
The FAA has also validated the capability of Inmarsat
SB-S to support air traffic services by providing direct datalink communication between pilots and Air Traffic Control (ATC).
reported a 0.4 per cent uptick in revenue to $346.9m in the three months to the end of March, but earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation dropped 12.9 per cent to $152.4m.
Satellite communications company Orbit Communication Systems Ltd (TASE:ORBI) declared on Wednesday a long-term agreement to offer its end-users a new modular, multi-role aviation terminal, optimized for use over Global Xpress (GX) network from Inmarsat
The partnership shows Inmarsat
's confidence in Isotropic Systems' disruptive optical array technology and its market-focused business plan to expand the range of future mobility applications supported by the global high-throughput satellite (HTS) capacity now delivered by Inmarsat
's Ka-band Global Xpress network.
Contract signing between Rupert Pearce, CEO, Inmarsat
and Masahiro Atsumi, Vice President & Senior General Manager, Space Systems, Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, Ltd.
Frederik van Essen, Inmarsat
Aviation Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, said: "GX Aviation has already entered commercial service on narrowbody aircraft flights in Europe and the response from both passengers and cabin crew has been outstanding.
While the EAN satellite was scheduled for a 2017 launch (it will be launched from the Guiana Space Center in Kourou, French Guiana, in mid-2017, on an Ariane 5 heavy lift launch vehicle), Inmarsat
had been looking for companies other than SpaceX for the launch, following the flight delays after a (http://www.ibtimes.com/spacex-falcon-9-explosion-video-pictures-cape-canaveral-florida-2410294) Sept.