Inmarsat and partner Honeywell are poised to launch what Inmarsat describes as the “game-changing Global Xpress aviation service,” that will ultimately provide high-capacity broadband coverage and worldwide data transfer rates of up to 50 mbps.
Inmarsat (Booth 921), a major player in mobile satellite communication services, offered a preview of GX Aviation at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany, last month.
“GX Aviation is going to change the face of in-flight connectivity,” said Inmarsat v-p of aerospace Miranda Mills. “With our fleet of three satellites under construction by Boeing (Booth 7010), and the first scheduled launch this year, avionics represent the final segment that turns Global Xpress from a concept into a reality.”
The high-speed global broadband service, delivered via Ka-band, will be supported by a new suite of avionics designed and manufactured by Honeywell (Booth 487). The agreement with Inmarsat, signed in 2012, allows Boeing and Honeywell to jointly research, test and develop the hardware, software and potential services necessary to begin activities to support GX Ka-band airborne trials through 2014 and entry into service in March 2015.
According to Inmarsat, GX Aviation will provide passengers access to the level of broadband speeds, data rates and bandwidth they are accustomed to on the ground, allowing them to stream live Internet content and take part in video calls anywhere around the globe.