19 March 2015: Inmarsat’s GX Aviation programme is one step closer to launching global, high speed connectivity following successful testing of Honeywell’s JetWave MCS 8200 onboard aircraft hardware on Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) satellite network.
The successful over-the-air performance test, completed on 4 March at Honeywell’s Tewkesbury facility in the UK, signals that the next generation of in-flight connectivity for passengers, airlines and operators is becoming a reality.
During the testing, the team was able to demonstrate how Inmarsat’s high-speed GX Aviation network can support multiple file transfers and video streaming. This confirms that passengers will have the same Wi-Fi experience while travelling at 40,000 feet as they would on the ground. Inmarsat can now start the higher data rate testing.
“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, 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.”
Honeywell’s JetWave MCS 8200 terminal, which enables aircraft to connect to Inmarsat’s Global Xpress satellite network, is in full certification testing, proceeding through DO-160 environmental and electromagnetic interference certifications, in preparation for the start of flight testing in the second quarter of 2015.
In addition, work is being done to ensure that the equipment is available for installation on new Boeing aircraft, Airbus A350s and Bombardier’s Global family of business jets.
“The successful testing of Honeywell’s JetWave terminal proves that we are truly making global high-speed in-flight Wi-Fi a reality,” says Carl Esposito, Vice President 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.”