EMS Technologies Installs High-speed-data Satcom in a Helicopter

Aviation International News » May 2004
October 4, 2007, 5:14 AM

In what is claimed to be a first, EMS Technologies last month said that an AMT-50 multi-channel satcom antenna and HSD-128 high-speed data terminal have been installed aboard a helicopter. TC Communications of Irvine, Calif., performed the installation in a Boeing 234 (civil Chinook) twin-rotor helicopter for the National Fire Administration of Taiwan used for disaster management and search-and-rescue missions. The NFA added high-speed-data capability to the helicopter so that it could send live video and pictures back to mission control and mobile units on the ground. The video transmission is managed by a TC Communications-built system over the Inmarsat Swift64 service network at 128 kbps.

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