Danish satellite communication service specialist Satcom 1 has launched Flight Billing to simplify and expedite billing for onboard satcom usage. Flight Billing is currently available for SwiftBroadband services. Next year, Satcom 1 will add an individual billing solution, called Pay Per User, for operators who bill usage to individual users through separate accounts set up in advance or while in flight.
Iridium Communications of McLean, Va., last month placed a multibillion-dollar order with Thales Alenia Space of France for 81 communications satellites needed to upgrade its global satellite communications network. The $2.1 billion deal includes 66 low-earth-orbit satellites for the Iridium Next constellation, with the remainder to serve as spares.
Satcom Direct has received FAA certification for its newly developed Inmarsat Satellite Communications Training Course to count toward requirements for Inspection Authorization renewal.
Airborne voice and data provider Satcom Direct received FAA approval for inspection authorization (IA) renewal credit for its new Inmarsat satellite communications training course. A&P mechanics holding the IA must document recent experience and at least eight hours of training or other required work each year to qualify for renewal. The Satcom Direct course lasts two days and provides 16 hours of training credit for IAs.
TrueNorth Avionics has gained the initial supplemental type certificate (STC) for its Simphone Global Broadband System, billed as a compact and low-cost high-speed-data satcom system for business jets. Developed in collaboration with Cobham, the satcom system links through Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite data service and features the first use of Cobham’s recently introduced IGA 5001 intermediate-gain satcom antenna.
International Communications Group (ICG) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora. The product is touted as a lighter, smaller and less expensive alternative to a competing system from Aircell and Danish satcom maker Thrane & Thrane.
International Communications Group (Booth No. 4229) has partnered with Cobham to develop a bundled Iridium and Inmarsat SwiftBroadband satellite communications system called Sora that the companies claim is lighter, smaller and less expensive than a similar competing system made available earlier this year by Aircell and Thrane & Thrane.
Satellite communications equipment manufacturer TrueNorth Avionics has received a U.S. Air Force contract to supply its Simphonï satcom systems for the government’s VIP transport fleet. The contract covers the installation of two-channel Iridium satcom systems in 40 C-37B aircraft (the military designation for the Gulfstream G550 and GV-SP) under the air force’s TARS (terrestrial aeronautical radiotelephone system) program.
Satcom Direct (Booth No. 683) has been named a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband in-flight voice and data service, giving the satellite communications service reseller access to live troubleshooting and diagnostic information.
Satcom Direct last month became a distribution partner for Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband service, giving the Melbourne, Fla. satcom data reseller access to live troubleshooting and diagnostic information. The designation will help Satcom Direct engineers alleviate congestion and other network issues for business jet customers flying anywhere in the world.