Satellite communications specialist Thrane & Thrane is here at the Dubai airshow with a new compact portable satellite terminal. The Explorer 500 weighs less than three pounds, but offers data rates up to 432 kbps.
Both data and voice communication links can be established between the Explorer 500 and Inmarsat generation-4 satellites. Thanks to new integrated circuits, the size of the terminal is significantly reduced. This technology, dubbed BGAN, will be found in the coming Swift broadband terminals the manufacturer will offer for any size corporate jet.