At a press conference here at the NBAA Convention yesterday, EMS Satcom announced Honeywell (Booth No. 1994) has selected the company’s eNfusion SwiftBroadband satcom technology for its MCS-7100 series multichannel family of satcom products. The products will provide in-flight access to high-speed Internet access, voice and video in most of the world’s skies.
Iridium has entered into preliminary discussions with satellite manufacturers about potential replacements for its network of low-earth-orbit communications satellites. The company is in the early stages of developing a satellite replacement strategy, according to a spokesman, who said the company plans to start serious design work around 2009.
The European Union (EU) has approved a joint bid from two groups that previously had competed against each other for the contract to run the $4 billion Galileo satellite navigation system.
Inmarsat announced it has been selected to manage the company that will look after Galileo’s global network operations, including performance monitoring and operations security.
In preparation for the launch of Inmarsat SwiftBroadband data service early next year, Rockwell Collins has introduced two new data-ready satcom terminals, the HST-2110 and HST-2120. According to the manufacturer, the HST-2110 will support one channel of SwiftBroadband and the HST-2120 will support two. SwiftBroadband will provide Internet access in flight at data rates of 432 kilobytes per second per satcom channel.
The clock is ticking for Iridium, the global satellite communications service that has made its mark by providing voice and low-rate-data communication services for a growing list of customers around the world.
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