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Cobham SATCOM antenna supports A350-900 connectivity

Cobham SATCOM’s HGA-7001 High Gain Antenna is now part of the connectivity solution for the Airbus A350-900 aircraft.

The low-profile antenna, plus Cobham SATCOM’s DAU-7060 DLNA (Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier) and Floating Mounting Plate, are standard fit on the A350 XWB through a sub-contract with communications systems provider Rockwell Collins. Cobham has delivered more than 50 antennas to date for the A350 XWB.

Complying with the specific requirements of the Airbus A350 XWB, a special mounting plate was designed to ensure that the antenna does not impart stresses on the composite airframe structure.

The Airbus A350-900, which recently received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for use by US airlines, has already secured 780 orders from 40 customers worldwide.

Kim Gram, VP of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “Cobham SATCOM is proud to be supplying equipment for this innovative, new generation aircraft featuring ambitious technologies which represent a step-change for airlines and passengers. It is further proof of the growing demand of the HGA-7001, which provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance Satcom system.”

Using the SwiftBroadband flexible IP connectivity standard, technology on-board the A350 XWB focuses on the key areas of flight operations, cabin operations, passenger and maintenance. Passengers can experience state-of-the-art in-flight entertainment systems, with access to satellite live television broadcasts or connecting flight information, and the ability to connect to their own personal electronic devices, while connected crew also benefit from new digital features.

U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins is supplying the communications, data network and landing system avionics packages for the Airbus A350 XWB.

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