Gilat Satellite Networks has announced what it claims is the first-ever demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system.
This industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s “Albatross One” test aircraft with Gilat’s aero modem and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite, launched earlier this year.
It says the testing included a successful demonstration of seamless connectivity and switch over between Telesat’s geostationary orbit (GEO) and LEO satellites.
“Telesat is pleased to be collaborating with innovative companies like Gilat and Global Eagle who recognise the potential of Telesat’s LEO system to transform the in-flight broadband experience for millions of passengers worldwide,” said Erwin Hudson, Vice President, Telesat LEO.
“This flight on Global Eagle’s Albatross aircraft test-bed with Gilat’s aero modem confirms that Telesat’s state-of-the-art LEO architecture satisfies Global Eagle’s requirements for seamless connectivity and terrestrial-like broadband performance for multiple applications, including the capability to switch between LEO and GEO constellations.”