Inmarsat’s I-4 mobile broadband satellite constellation is finished and the first SwiftBroadband customers are enjoying data access at speeds faster and for lower cost than the previous generation of Swift64 service, so one would think the London-based company would have little information to share at its annual aeronautical conference, held last month in Vancouver.
International Communications Group of Newport News, Va., has received parts manufacturer authority (PMA) for the NxtLink ICS-120A and ICS-220A communication systems. The products offer flight deck voice and datalink services over the Iridium satellite network. ICG’s ICS-120A system incorporates a single Iridium transceiver and a short-burst-data (SBD) modem enabling connections to standard flight-deck voice and data systems.
ViaSat Mobile Broadband Services is at Booth No.
At press time EMS Technologies’ satcom division in Ottawa, Ontario, was set to become the second approved hardware retailer for the Swift64 service. EMS’ ADT-1000 (aeronautical data terminal) is a dual-channel high-speed data unit capable of up to 128 kbps bidirectional throughput over the Swift64 network.
Inmarsat last month announced the commercial availability of the new Swift64 mobile data pipeline, an airborne satellite Internet service that the company claims finally bridges the gap between a user’s ground-bound office and the aircraft cabin.
Bombardier and Rockwell Collins are developing a new integrated cabin for the Canadian manufacturer’s Global 5000. Leveraging technology acquired by Collins when it bought cabin product specialist Airshow over the summer, the new Airshow 21 cabin, said spokespeople for both companies, will include an Ethernet-based local area network (LAN), providing users with Internet connections and access to printers, fax and a file server.
Thrane & Thrane last month introduced to the North American market Aero-HSD+, a data satcom system noteworthy for being the first such product the Danish firm will market and sell under its own name after providing core technology for airborne satcom systems to Honeywell, Thales and Universal Avionics.
Paperless Cockpit, a Germantown, Conn. supplier of handheld electronic flight bag (EFB) computing devices, has introduced a new low-end product, notable for its large 10.4-inch touchscreen display and list price of $2,999. A low-voltage Mobile Intel Pentium III processor running at 800 MHz powers the GA-EFB 4000, the third member of Paperless Cockpit’s family of EFB computers.
Engineers from Lufthansa Technik and Thrane & Thrane have jointly developed a new mobile access router as a key component of Lufthansa Technik’s networked integrated cabin equipment, nicknamed Nice. The router will be the main interface to all devices on the Nice network, providing wireless laptop connectivity and other data access through Inmarsat’s Swift64 service and Gatelink (802.11b and -g).
Choosing the right data satcom system has never been easier thanks to an array of choices from manufacturers. Several suppliers are now offering high-speed data satcom equipment that uses the Inmarsat Swift64 satellite link, a digital network operating over the same satellites that carry voice and low-speed data signals.
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