Posted on: 16 March 2015 by Mark Howells
Rockwell Collins has signed a memorandum of understanding with OneWeb to become the exclusive developer and provider of satellite communication (SATCOM) terminals for OneWeb’s global aviation high-speed broadband service.Under the agreement, OneWeb will team up with Rockwell Collins to develop and certify SATCOM terminals utilising Rockwell Collins’ electronically scanned array (ESA) antenna technology developed at the company’s Advanced Technology Center. ESA antennas use rapid beam movement and reconfigurable antenna patterns to ensure aircraft stay connected during flight.“The antenna is a fraction of the size and weight of a traditional airborne SATCOM antenna, which means significant long-term cost savings for airlines from reduced fuel consumption,” commented John Borghese, VP of the Advanced Technology Center for Rockwell Collins. “In addition, the unique design and scalability of our Ku-band ESA technology matched with the OneWeb network opens up possibilities to enable connectivity in other markets beyond aerospace.”OneWeb is building a constellation of more than 600 satellites that, when launched, the company claims will be the largest telecommunications constellation in orbit, providing approximately 10 terabits per second of low-latency, high-speed broadband around the globe.“This collaboration is a significant next step in our information management and connectivity journey,” remarked Kent Statler, Rockwell Collins’ EVP and COO of commercial systems. “By working with OneWeb to bring unprecedented bandwidth and connectivity speed to the aviation industry, we’re strategically positioned to rapidly change the way airlines operate and to provide passengers with a connected experience that mirrors their daily lives.”Rockwell Collins is also set to become an authorised value added reseller of OneWeb’s connectivity services.