In recent news, the organization has announced they are making high-speed in-flight connectivity for helicopters more accessible with its Aspire 200 satellite communications. This connectivity has always been relatively problematic since the rotors essentially distort the incoming and outgoing microwave radio beam. This causes errors, and delays in time and efficiency.
Thankfully, Immarsat has a High-Data Rate mode, or HDR, on its L-band SwiftBroadband service, making things a little bit easier on helicopter owners and operators. This HDR mode came into use after they had completed a software update to its satellites, which originally had short-burst waveform. This was extended to include longer bursts of data.
HDR has the added positive feature of being able to provide faster speeds for fixed-wing aircrafts. This gives aircraft operators and passengers faster internet broadband while airborne. Honeywell states the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband system brings reliable, consistent, high-speed connectivity capabilities to the helicopter.
These capabilities were recently demonstrated from a Leonardo AW139 which was in the air. It was able to connect a passenger to the ground during a FaceTime conversation. This high-spped in-flight connectiviity, via the Aspire 200 SwiftBroadband, is an exciting advancement for the organization and for aircraft technology as a whole
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