SES, Thales, ThinKom Celebrate Milestone Flight Demo of MEO/GEO IFC

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A few excerpts from Runway Girl Network’s article on our milestone achievement seamlessly switching between its GEO and O3b MEO satellite beams with our Ka2517 on a Gulfstream G-III business jet:

For ThinKom, the successful demo with its hardware confirms what management has been saying all along – that its antenna can support seamless global satellite communication in the air with automatic roaming among GEO, LEO and MEO constellations, and that electronically steerable antennas are not the only technology capable of supporting such.

“The demonstration further establishes that ThinKom has the only proven ‘no compromise‘ antenna solutions that can support seamless global satellite communication in the air with automatic roaming among GEO, LEO and MEO constellations,” says ThinKom chairman and CTO Bill Milroy.

It’s not the first time that ThinKom’s hardware has shown such capabilities. Earlier this year, ThinKom successfully completed ground tests of the Ka2517 antenna via Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite.

 

Ka IFC antenna

ThinAir Ka2517 Ka-band IFC antenna

A Ku-band version of ThinKom’s antenna was famously white-labeled by Gogo as 2Ku, and has already seen over 12 million flight hours. Like ThinKom, Gogo has long suggested that 2Ku would be able to talk to LEO constellations via an easy upgrade, with OneWeb in its sights.

Read the full article here.

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