Global Eagle partners with QEST on new Ku-band antenna

QEST logoGlobal Eagle Entertainment (GEE) says it it is jointly designing a new Ku-band antenna for inflight connectivity with QEST Quantenelektronische Systeme GmbH.

The new global antenna will provide airlines with a high-speed inflight connectivity solution that operates reliably at all latitudes, including equatorial regions, where Ku-band coverage is available.

The GEE-QEST antenna, with availability scheduled for mid-2016, will be optimised for use with upcoming Ku-band High Throughput Satellite (Ku-HTS) systems, offering airlines a breakthrough mix of reliability, high connection speeds and global coverage.

The antenna will also be fully compatible with existing Ku-band satellite systems.

GEE says the global Ku-band antenna will utilise a revolutionary steerable pointing system to optimise coverage anywhere a commercial aircraft flies.

The antenna will be compatible with GEE’s current installation architecture and Supplemental Type Certificates (STC), and is also intended to meet the requirements for future line fit installations.

Aditya Chatterjee, Senior Vice President of Connectivity Systems and Chief Technology Officer at GEE, said: “We’re excited to announce this development program with QEST for our next-generation global Ku antenna.

“The new antenna extends our technology leadership in inflight connectivity to meet and exceed the growing demands of our worldwide airline customers.

“Through our joint development with QEST, we will provide airlines with the most advanced, high-speed connectivity technology and service in all latitudes where Ku and Ku HTS are available.”

Dr. Jörg Oppenländer, CTO at QEST, added: “We’re delighted to work closely with GEE to develop and deploy their new global inflight connectivity antenna.

“With our design expertise in high performance antenna systems, we will provide GEE and its customers with a technology solution that provides global coverage, takes full advantage of the high speed performance capabilities of upcoming Ku HTS satellite systems and is fully compatible with the current generation of satellites.”

More details on the new global Ku antenna system will be provided at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on April 14 – 16th, 2015.

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