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.
Inmarsat last month began repositioning its I-4 satellite constellation in an effort aimed at providing full global SwiftBroadband coverage and improving network performance. Moving the three I-4 satellites into new orbital slots 24,000 miles in space is a complicated task, but officials say the result will be worth the effort.
Satcom Direct, which had been competing with Honeywell International’s OneLink, announced that it has officially signed a contract Saturday to work in cooperation with Honeywell to provide flight support and cabin communications services in a one-stop package.
Airborne communications provider Satcom Direct (Booth No. 4545) has announced its new service plan, Satcom On Site (SOS).
Late last month Satcom Direct Inc. of Satellite Beach, Fla., announced it has received a patent on its proprietary Global One Number ground-to-air calling technology.
San Diego-based Blue Sky Network, a developer of low-cost airborne voice and data satcom services for business aviation, now expects to have its first satcom system certified and available this quarter. The single-channel system uses the Iridium network of 66 low-earth-orbit satellites and refurbished Motorola 9500 ($595) or 9505 ($995 to $1,495, depending on features) airborne telephones.
Thrane & Thrane (Booth No. 301) said it has started taking orders for its Aero-SB Lite satcom system. Billed as being the smallest and lightest of any SwiftBroadband satcom system on the market, Aero-SB Lite features built-in Wi-Fi and voice-over-IP capability as well as a compact intermediate-gain antenna.
For operators clamoring to take full advantage of Inmarsat’s new Swift64 airborne data service, Honeywell and Thales announced that the new MCS-7000 satcom system has received FAA approval. The first MCS-7000 has been shipped to Gulfstream’s Appleton, Wis. completion center for installation on a Gulfstream IV-SP owned and operated by Phillips Petroleum.
Israeli satcom antenna maker Starling Advanced Communication announced a deal with EMS Defense & Space Systems, a division of EMS Technologies, to develop, manufacture and market a high-speed Ku-band antenna aimed at the U.S. air transport market.