Posted on: 19 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Inmarsat Aviation (Inmarsat) and Honeywell Aerospace (Honeywell) have successfully tested the over-the-air performance for Honeywell’s JetWave MCS8200 onboard aircraft hardware on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.
The testing demonstrated how the GX Aviation network was able to support multiple file transfers and video streaming, paving the way for Inmarsat to begin starting higher data rate testing.
The JetWave MCS8200 terminal, enabling connection to Inmarsat’s GX satellite network, is now in full certification testing with flight testing expected for the latter half of this year. There are plans for the equipment to be available for installation on new Boeing aircraft, Airbus A350s and Bombardier’s Global family of business jets.
“This is not only a milestone for the whole GX Aviation programme, but it’s also a great demonstration of what GX Aviation brings to the table,” said Leo Mondale, president of Inmarsat Aviation. “We are delighted with the performance shown by this round of testing. Both the GX network and Honeywell’s terminal have met and exceeded our high expectations. We’re another step closer to bringing a true broadband experience to both commercial airlines and business aviation.”
“The successful testing of Honeywell’s JetWave terminal proves that we are truly making global high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi a reality,” said Carl Esposito, VP of marketing and product management, Honeywell Aerospace. “The combination of Honeywell’s airborne hardware and Inmarsat’s GX Ka-band global network will allow for a seamless experience of connectivity and capability from the time you walk on the airplane until you get off on the other side of the world.”
GX is already operational in the Indian Ocean Region for government, maritime, and enterprise customers over the first Global Xpress satellite, which was launched last year. The successful launch of the second satellite in February 2015 means Inmarsat’s Ka-band network now covers the Americas and the Atlantic Ocean Region. The third satellite is scheduled for launch in the second quarter of this year; it will cover the Pacific Ocean Region, completing the Global Xpress network and providing worldwide coverage.