Orbit Communication Systems has agreed to a long-term deal with Inmarsat Government to offer end-users a new modular, multi-role aviation terminal, which would be optimised for use over Inmarsat’s Global Xpress (GX) network.
The new terminal will operate over Inmarsat's GX constellation, which is the first and only globally available, high-throughput wideband network.
Inmarsat's 'SATCOM as a service' would be delivered under the agreement, which features commercial Ka-band and military Ka-band capabilities, which are fully interoperable with the Wideband Global Satcom (WGS) system.
“We are very pleased to unveil our new multi-role terminal, which has been several years in the making with Inmarsat”, said Stav Gizunterman, vice president of research and development at Orbit.
“This flexible, integrated terminal is uniquely capable of supporting both Global Xpress and WGS services, and represents a truly innovative way to help expand their airborne services.”
The new Orbit terminal, the GX46, features a 45-centimetre antenna and will be delivered fully integrated with modems, electronics and necessary software.
The terminal "couples high performance and Orbit’s industry-leading reliability, which will open new communication opportunities for business jets, military mission aircraft and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)".
Once the Inmarsat certification process is completed, volume production of the terminal will be conducted at Orbit's US-based facilities.
“The implementation of the GX46 benefits from Orbit’s years of experience developing airborne satcom systems,” said Steve Gizinski, chief technology officer of Inmarsat Government.
“The GX46 will expand our airborne connectivity solutions with an Inmarsat type-approved terminal that is suitable for an important market segment. This terminal will support operations in mil band (Inmarsat-5 and WGS) and will operate seamlessly on Inmarsat’s global Global Xpress network.”
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