Global Invacom has launched a new solution that enables aircraft ground engineers to undertake 24/7 avionics testing of Inmarsat, Iridium and GPS satellite signals indoors.
It says its Hangar Repeater Solution, developed in-house by Foxcom which is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Global Invacom, enables engineers involved in the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) of aircraft to undertake testing 24/7, regardless of the weather and without having to move aircraft in and out of a hangar, as is the current practice.
Inmarsat and Iridium satellite equipment has been generally limited to outdoor use, as building structures block satellite signals. However, Foxcom’s repeater technology enables communication inside buildings or underground without the need for a direct line of sight to the sky.
Furthermore, existing Foxcom repeaters can be easily upgraded to add Inmarsat compatibility.
It says the solution therefore greatly reduces aircraft-on-ground time, man-hours and overall maintenance costs, thereby providing a rapid return on investment for customers. This latest product builds upon the range of repeaters first launched by Foxcom in 2013.
Tony Taylor, Executive Chairman of Global Invacom, said: “We’re delighted to announce the launch of this unique testing solution, which is an excellent example of our ongoing commitment, innovation and investment.
“As a business, we are always looking to provide our partners with industry leading devices that both simplify the running of their business but more importantly save them time and money — something that the Hangar Repeater Solution clearly does.”
Global Invacom is a fully integrated satellite equipment provider with six manufacturing plants across China, Israel, Malaysia, U.K. and the U.S. Its customers include satellite broadcasters such as BSkyB of the U.K. and Dish Network of the U.S.A.
The company says it provides a full range of antennas, LNB receivers, fibre distribution equipment, transmitters, switches and video distribution components and electronics manufacturing services in satellite communications as well as manufacturing services in military, medical, and consumer electronics industries.