Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat and Kymeta are to work together to design, create and test a new, higher-speed Ka-Band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft.
The smaller and more compact design will allow the antenna to be installed on a wider variety of aircraft, including smaller business aviation aircraft.
The flat-panel design is lighter and will reduce weight and drag on the aircraft, in turn reducing fuel and maintenance costs.
Kymeta is best known for its innovative beam-forming meta material antennas. The antenna does away with the traditional parabolic dish or phased array and replaces it with a flat panel made of meta-materials.
These are man-made materials that defy conventional wisdom as to how radio waves behave when moving from one medium to another.
“Get Connected” took a closer look at how Kymeta’s meta material antenna works in an earlier feature
Jack Jacobs, vice president of Marketing and Product Management at Honeywell Aerospace, said: “Having Kymeta and Inmarsat aligned with us ensures we stay forward-looking with new antenna technology that will be more efficient and compact, providing customers with even faster global in-flight connectivity.”
Kymeta will deliver its mTenna™ antenna products to Honeywell, which will be responsible for testing and integrating the antenna into its JetWave aviation product line – the family of satellite communications hardware that exclusively supports Inmarsat’s GX Aviation service.