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What new satellite antenna technologies are on the horizon?

What new satellite antenna technologies are on the horizon? | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
The recent AeroConnect 2016 conference in London included a couple of presentations on satellite antenna technology from Gilat and Phasor.
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Amtrak readies to expand nextgen wifi, unlocks streaming on Acela

Amtrak readies to expand nextgen wifi, unlocks streaming on Acela | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

With a shoestring budget, 44 routes covering a staggering 21,300 miles and an aging fleet, Amtrak is slowly but surely working on bringing high-speed Internet to every passenger.(...)Meanwhile, Amtrak is planning a proof-of-concept trial of satellite connectivity on a western long distance train this fiscal year.

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Spain Is Adding Free Wi-Fi on Its High-speed Trains

Spain Is Adding Free Wi-Fi on Its High-speed Trains | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

Wi-Fi is coming to Spain's high-speed Renfe trains beginning in December. The PlayRenfe premium service comes via satellite connection and 4G and will offer films and television through a Movistar package.

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Case Study: Two IFEC Approaches to Improving Passenger Experience | Avionics Digital Edition

Case Study: Two IFEC Approaches to Improving Passenger Experience | Avionics Digital Edition | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
How today’s airlines are taking different approaches, incorporating mobile applications, working with creative companies and focusing on keeping up with the latest technological advances to ensure their aircraft cabins provide passenger experiences that separate them from competitors.
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A whole serie of inspiring and instructive articles about IFEC !
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ViaSat challenges Gogo's 2Ku in the battle for Chicago

Satellite broadband hardware and service provider ViaSat Inc. on May 18 laid out what it sees as multibillion-dollar markets in aeronautical and maritime connectivity and sought anew to persuade investors that its satellites deliver substantially more bandwidth for the buck than competitors’ spacecraft.
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Gogo monte à bord des long-courriers d'Air France et KLM avec la solution 2Ku

Gogo monte à bord des long-courriers d'Air France et KLM avec la solution 2Ku | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
C'est officiel ! Le groupe Air France-KLM a choisi la solution 2Ku de l'opérateur américain Gogo pour la connectivité satellitaire d'un trés grand nombre d'appareils long-courriers d'Air France et de
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Connecting Flights

Connecting Flights | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
Mobile satellite communications is soaring to new heights Every major satellite fleet operator is positioning itself to win the aeronautical broadband
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Intelsat General Reports Unprecedented Performance Using Gilat’s Small Airborne Flat-Panel Antenna over Intelsat EpicNG Satellite

Intelsat General, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: “I”) announced today unprecedented performance in sending signals to and from a high-throughput Intelsat EpicNG satellite using a small, flat-panel antenna designed for aeronautical applications by Gilat Satellite Networks Ltd. (NASDAQ, TASE: GILT). A series of tests were performed using Gilat’s BlackRay 71 airborne terminal, …
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Hail To The Chief! ViaSat's $73 Million DISA Contract To Provide Air Force One And Other Aircraft In-Flight Internet Services

Hail To The Chief! ViaSat's $73 Million DISA Contract To Provide Air Force One And Other Aircraft In-Flight Internet Services | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
ViaSat will be providing services to the nation's top executive aboard Air Force One as part of a $73M contract with the United States Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA).
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Mobility Matters For Comms—Honeywell Aerospace Survey Results Presented Regarding In-Flight WiFi

This thought was one that permeated the thinking behind a survey of airline passengers by Honeywell (NYSE: HON) that revealed more than increased frustration with current in-flight, WiFi offerings, when compared to the company’s study that was conducted in 2014. Nearly 3 of 4 passengers are ready to switch airlines today to have access to a faster and more reliable WiFi connection. In addition, out of more than 1,000 American travelers polled, annoyance is growing, with just 22 percent reporting their in-flight Wi-Fi to be extremely reliable over the past 12 months, a dip from 27 percent in 2014.
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Kymeta Plans 2017 Release of mTenna Product Line

Kymeta Plans 2017 Release of mTenna Product Line | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
Kymeta plans to release the first commercial units of its meta-materials technology based mTenna in 2017. The software-defined electronically steered
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Is It Time To Take Passenger Connectivity To Next Level?

Is It Time To Take Passenger Connectivity To Next Level? | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
In-flight broadband is a multi-billion dollar opportunity for airlines to boost ancillary revenues. So they need to move it up their list of priorities.
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Inmarsat Looks to Capitalize on Growing Chinese IFC Market

Inmarsat Aviation’s Vice President of Strategy Frederik van Essen sees the Asia-Pacific region as a huge growth point for the satellite-based In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) market. Aviation mandates for flight tracking are pushing satellite-enabled IFC safety and cockpit services forward in China, making flight tracking capabilities a necessity for aircraft operating in China’s airspace.

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European Aviation Network (EAN) test flights completed in UK

European Aviation Network (EAN) test flights completed in UK | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

Inmarsat and Deutsche Telekom, together with partners Nokia and Thales, have successfully conducted test flights of the European Aviation Network in the UK.(...) EAN is planned for introduction in mid-2017.

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Broadband Wireless Communications for Railway Applications

Broadband Wireless Communications for Railway Applications | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

This book focuses on the needs of railway operators in terms of wireless communications, divided in two main categories: the commercial services and the operational needs. Then, all available technologies that can be used to provide Internet access on board trains and all the other operational applications requiring high capacity are detailed.

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The future reference book - I urgently need to read it
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Gogo and Phasor partner on next generation satellite antenna R&D

Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, and Phasor, a developer of innovative, modular, electronically steerable antennas (ESAs), have announced a research and development partnership for application of their technology to the in-flight connectivity market.

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Not so fast; a phased array wake-up call discussed

Not so fast; a phased array wake-up call discussed | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

Optimizing performance for inflight Internet is a balancing act between three main components: satellites, modems and antennae. [...]  Getting to the next generation in antenna technology, however, will drive further shifts in the industry.

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Gogo: North American market will be awash in Ku-band in 2020

Gogo: North American market will be awash in Ku-band in 2020 | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
In-flight connectivity provider Gogo Inc. on Sept. 29 presented a relentlessly optimistic view of its future, saying per-aircraft revenue will double within five years and competitors’ catch-up attempts — including Viasat’s monster Ka-band satellites and Inmarsat’s air-to-ground service in Europe — are minor drive-by attractions.
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Phasor Keeps Up With The Superyachts... Transmits Tests From Moving Platform 

Phasor Keeps Up With The Superyachts... Transmits Tests From Moving Platform  | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
Phasor has been quite busy in order to announce a critical step forward in the productization of its new flat panel, electronically steered antenna (ESA) system. The company has demonstrated the transmission of live HD video over the Intelsat 903 satellite from its test site in Essex, UK.
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SES enters Ka-band airline connectivity market with Thales Avionics as customer

SES enters Ka-band airline connectivity market with Thales Avionics as customer | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
Satellite fleet operator SES, in a direct challenge to competitors ViaSat, Eutelsat and Inmarsat, is investing $500 million in a large, all-Ka-band spot beam high-throughput satellite to launch over the Americas in 2020 for aeronautical connectivity and other mobility applications, industry officials said.
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Gogo Hangs Hopes on More STCs to Increase 2Ku Installs

Gogo Hangs Hopes on More STCs to Increase 2Ku Installs | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

Gogo is hoping to pick up installs for its satellite-based 2Ku In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solution 10-fold by the end of the year.

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Antennas: The Shift to Small

Antennas: The Shift to Small | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it

Antenna vendors are constantly innovating to meet the evolving demands of their customers. Today, perhaps more than ever, the onus is being placed upon manufacturers to create antennas that are smaller, lighter, and more powerful.

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Airbus Defence & Space : Une liaison de donnée longue portée pour le MRTT

Ce système a été baptisé JRE (Joint Range Extension) L-16. Il est en cours de développement afin de permettre aux A330 MRTT, qui sont déjà équipés de la L-16, de disposer d'une capacité de transmission de donnée stratégique. Airbus DS travaille sur un système employant des liaisons par satellites.

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Satmove Ka terminals for better performance on the move

Satmove Ka terminals for better performance on the move | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
A new Ka-band version has been added to the Satmove family of Satcom On The Move terminals, following the successful deployment of the X-band version of the terminal on recent French military operations.
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Automotive Antennas From Kymeta Receive New Product Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan

Automotive Antennas From Kymeta Receive New Product Innovation Award From Frost & Sullivan | Satcom on the move | Scoop.it
The award arrives in the middle of an exciting year for both Kymeta and the connected car industry.
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