ThinKom provides antennas to GDC Technics for Inmarsat’s GX Aviation IFC
ThinKom solutions will supply its ThinAir Ka2517 Aero satellite antennas to GDC Technics, the company announced on Thursday. The Ka2517 antenna is used for activation InmarsatGX Aviation Broadband Satellite In-Flight Connectivity (IFC) solutions, including the new North American IFC service GX +, announced earlier this year by Inmarsat and Hughes Network Systems.
The Ka2517 antenna is based on ThinKom’s VICTS technology (Variable iInclination Continuous Transverse Stub). VICTS antennas have been used in more than 1,550 commercial aircraft for 18 million hours of operation.
The next generation IFC terminals from GDC with ThinKom antennas have received an additional type certificate (STC) Boeing B737-700 aircraft. The GDC has planned further STCs for the EU for the beginning of 2021 airbus A320 Family, additional B737 models and Boeing B787 and B777 aircraft.
“The Ka2517 antenna fully complies with the new legal requirements, including WRC-19 EISM and ITU Article 22, and ensures that terrestrial 5G cellular networks or GEO satellites (Geostationary Orbit) when used in NGSO networks (Non-Geostationary Orbit ) are not disturbed. “Said Bill Milroy, chairman and chief technical officer (CTO) of ThinKom Solutions.” It also provides the switching speed and flexibility to work seamlessly with new multilayer GEO, Highly Elliptical Orbit (HEO), and NGSO satellite networks. “