Inmarsat / Honeywell complete global tour with GX

Honeywell's Boeing 757 test aircraft, equipped with GX Aviation's JetWave, at its Phoenix base.
Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft, equipped with GX Aviation’s JetWave, at its Phoenix base.

Inmarsat and Honeywell have completed a successful global flight tour with the GX Aviation Ka-band inflight connectivity system to more than 10 cities across four continents.

The flight, on Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft, was completed over six weeks.

The flying lab allowed Inmarsat and Honeywell to complete system integration in preparation for GX Aviation’s launch later this year.

It also provided the first opportunity for executives from several leading airlines to sample the high-speed and consistent experience provided by GX Aviation firsthand.

The aircraft was equipped with Honeywell JetWave satellite hardware. The MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna has been designed to deliver around 30-50 Mbps connectivity to the aircraft.

But the big question is, when will the system have its official global launch? “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols is putting his money on an announcement at the APEX Expo in Singapore on October 24-27th.

Honeywell's JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX
Honeywell’s JetWave MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna for Inmarsat GX.

This would be the ideal opportunity to reach as big an audience as possible and also give Honeywell and Inmarsat a few more weeks to iron out any final issues.

Insiders told “Get Connected” a few months ago that GX and the Inmarsat I-5 satellites are working well, but there is a lot to integrate and a few bugs to iron out.

The fact that the two companies were prepared to demonstrate GX to airline officials during the global tour is a good sign.

Meanwhile, Inmarsat has released a video of the world tour, so you can get an armchair view of how GX is being tested.

Inmarsat and Honeywell have completed a successful global flight tour with the GX Aviation Ka-band inflight connectivity system to more than 10 cities across four continents.

The flight, on Honeywell’s Boeing 757 test aircraft, was completed over six weeks.

The flying lab allowed Inmarsat and Honeywell to complete system integration in preparation for GX Aviation’s launch later this year.

It also provided the first opportunity for executives from several leading airlines to sample the high-speed and consistent experience provided by GX Aviation firsthand.

Honeywell JetWave

The aircraft was equipped with Honeywell JetWave satellite hardware. The MCS-8200 fuselage-mounted antenna has been designed to deliver around 30-50 Mbps connectivity to the aircraft.

But the big question is, when will the system have its official global launch? “Get Connected’s” Steve Nichols is putting his money on an announcement at the APEX Expo in Singapore on October 24-27th.

This would be the ideal opportunity to reach as big an audience as possible and also give Honeywell and Inmarsat a few more weeks to iron out any final issues.

Insiders told “Get Connected” a few months ago that GX and the Inmarsat I-5 satellites are working well, but there was a lot to integrate and a few bugs to iron out.

The fact that the two companies were prepared to demonstrate GX to airline officials during the global tour is a good sign.

Meanwhile, Inmarsat has released a video of the world tour (click below), so you can get an armchair view of how GX is being tested.


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