Posted on: 17 April 2015 by Ross McSweeny
Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell), Inmarsat and Kymeta – which develops flat-panel antennas for satellite communications – are working together to design, create and test a new, higher-speed Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft.Kymeta will deliver its mTenna antenna products to Honeywell, which will be responsible for testing and integrating the antenna into its JetWave aviation product line. JetWave is the family of satellite communications hardware that exclusively supports Inmarsat's GX Aviation service.The smaller and more compact design will allow the antenna to be installed on a wider variety of aircraft, including smaller business aviation aircraft. The flat-panel design is lighter and will reduce weight and drag on the aircraft, in turn reducing fuel and maintenance costs.
“Honeywell and Inmarsat changed the connectivity landscape in 2012 when they announced GX Aviation with the goal of bringing reliable, high-speed connectivity to the skies,” commented Nathan Kundtz, Kymeta's president and CEO. “Now, with mTenna technology from Kymeta, Honeywell's terminal solutions and Inmarsat's global service portfolio, we will be able to expand upon Honeywell and Inmarsat's commitment to high-speed global aviation connectivity.”“This will be the first truly flat-panel antenna for aviation that will offer great performance at the right price,” added Leo Mondale, president of aviation at Inmarsat. “The relationship between Honeywell and Kymeta has taken a great technology and turned it into a product ideal for aviation. We're very excited to be working with these companies to include this innovative product in the Inmarsat product road map and to bring it to the market.”