November 24, 2015 – According to Cobham Satcom, the first call has been made using its Aviator 200S system over Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband satellite communications service. This call represents a step forward in making the system available for airlines and coincides with the anticipated approval of Inmarsat’s new generation SwiftBroadband – Safety service in 2016.
The on-air voice call was achieved using the Aviator 200S CSDU (Compact Satellite Data Unit) and HELGA (combined HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna over the Inmarsat LDR (Low Data Rate) bearer type.
The company has indicated that the laboratory test was also the first IP data session through an Aviator 200S CSDU, the first voice and data calls through a HELGA antenna, the first voice and data calls through a Class 4 radio module, and the first voice and data calls over LDR bearers.
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham Satcom’s aeronautical business unit said, “The first call is particularly significant as it represents a new solution running on a new service – a double first! Our teams in Lyngby and Cape Town have worked hard to achieve this impressive landmark. This is a very big step towards our first customer shipment, and shows that we are on track for release of Aviator 200S as planned.”