ThinKom provides antennas to GDC Technics for Inmarsat GX Aviation Companies

ThinKom Solutions is supplying its ThinAir Ka2517 satellite antenna to GDC Technics. The antenna was selected to support Inmarsat’s next generation GX terminal and associated broadband services in flight.

Inmarsat’s selection of ThinKom’s Ka-band flat phased array antenna was the culmination of more than 18 months of collaboration and field testing between ThinKom and GDC.

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The Ka2517 will serve as the technology supporting Inmarsat’s GX Aviation Broadband Satellite Inflight Connectivity (IFC) solutions, including the new North American IFC service GX +, which Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems announced in early 2020.

The Ka2517 antenna is based on ThinKom’s patented VICTS technology. VICTS antennas have accumulated more than 18 million hours of operation on more than 1,550 commercial aircraft, with a mean downtime (MTBF) of more than 100,000 hours.

ThinKom’s low-profile radome was developed to minimize air resistance and reduce fuel consumption. The VICTS antenna is designed to ensure high spectral efficiency and throughput as well as uninterrupted pole-to-pole connectivity at extremely high and low elevation angles. In addition, the antenna is designed for very low power consumption, which leads to very little heat generation in the radome and enables uninterrupted gate-to-gate operation even at high ambient temperatures with full solar radiation.

“The Ka2517 antenna fully complies with the new legal requirements, including WRC-19 EISM and ITU Article 22, and ensures that 5G terrestrial cellular networks or GEO satellites are not disturbed when used in NGSO networks,” said Bill Milroy, Chairman and chief technical officer at ThinKom Solutions. “It also provides the switching speed and flexibility to work seamlessly with new multilayer GEO, HEO and NGSO satellite networks.”

GDC’s next generation IFC terminals with ThinKom antennas have received an STC for B737-700 aircraft. GDC has planned a full range of STCs for the A320 Family, additional B737 models, and B787 and B777 aircraft in early 2021.

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