in Technology

Inmarsat unveils new SwiftBroadband Helo X-Stream high date rate service for rotary aircraft

Posted 8 November 2019 · Add Comment

Inmarsat has launched SwiftBroadband Helo (SB-Helo) X-Stream, a new system for X-Stream services specifically developed for rotary aircraft.

 

The tailor-made solution is designed to achieve advanced streaming performance on intermediate and high-gain antennas, alleviating the connectivity constraints traditionally caused by rotary blades

SB-Helo X-Stream is an enhancement of Inmarsat’s X-Stream service and builds on the company’s commitment to further meet the needs of government customers and partners. The new technical solution will expand the resilience of the service on the aircraft by mitigating against data packet loss. The new solution was officially launched today at the Vertical Flight Expo & Conference in Farnborough, the birthplace of flight in the UK, where Inmarsat demonstrated the system to show attendees.

Based on testing conducted earlier this year, the helicopter-grade SB-Helo X-Stream service has been proven to achieve a 40% reduction in data packet loss compared to the standard background IP service, as well as delivering throughputs of up to 400kbps per single channel. Multiple channels can be aggregated enabling enhancements in the overall performance of the system.

Todd McDonell, president of Inmarsat’s Global Government business unit, said: “We are delighted to announce the launch of the SB-Helo X-Stream solution, ensuring our services are always-on and evolving to meet the operational communication needs of our government end users and partners. The introduction of this new solution will ensure government helicopter operators have reliable satellite connectivity, enhancing the capability of rotary wing platforms by providing simultaneous voice and data communications.

“Inmarsat has had a long-standing commitment to developing helicopter connectivity technology. We want to ensure that our customers are able to select the optimum solution when considering helicopter-specific hardware options, and the introduction of the Inmarsat SB-Helo X-Stream services will offer even more choice to government end-users seeking optimum connectivity.”

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

GECAS Cargo adds more 737-800BCF Narrowbody freighters

GECAS has signed an agreement with Boeing converting 11 737-800 Boeing Converted Freighter options to firm orders and adding nine additional options to the GECAS Cargo order book.

New ground handling implemented at Seychelles International Airport

With the resumption of commercial passenger services at the beginning of the month, a comprehensive set of new ground handling measures have been implemented at Seychelles International Airport.

Jambojet launches PWA

In an effort to accelerate digitisation, regional low-cost carrier Jambojet has introduced a Progressive Web App (PWA) that will allow customers book tickets, check in and access their boarding pass on their smartphones.

Cessna Grand Caravan EX fleet in Africa grows

Textron Aviation has been awarded a contract by ATI Engineering Services for two multi-mission Cessna Grand Caravan EX aircraft for the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) in support of the African Partnership Flight initiative.

AIX 2021 Business Jet Interiors Zone confirmed

Organisers of Aircraft Interiors Expo (AIX) have released details on the new Business Jet Interiors Zone.

Africa’s fight is on to maintain operations

The impact of Covid-19 on African civil aviation has laid bare the weakness of regional maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) capabilities, where encouraging signs in one arena are counterbalanced by stumbling performance

AMAC SK2907290121
See us at