Chicago, IL | October 25, 2016– Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO), the global leader in providing broadband connectivity solutions and wireless entertainment to the aviation industry, and Phasor, a developer of innovative, modular, electronically steerable antennas (ESAs), have announced a research and development partnership for application of their technology to the in-flight connectivity market.

“Gogo is committed to offering our aviation partners a roadmap for the future that will bring the most bandwidth at lower costs to the aero market,” said Gogo’s president and CEO, Michael Small. “Whether it’s satellite advancements, new modem technologies or best in class antenna technologies, our focus is on what’s best for aviation, and Phasor is developing ground-breaking satellite antenna innovations for the aero market.”

Phasor’s very low profile, electronically-steerable antenna products are based on well-established semiconductor fabrication techniques, and enable signal tracking with no moving parts. The antenna architecture is inherently modular, which allows the system to be scaled to various sizes and dimensions depending on the demands of the application, making this antenna technology particularly attractive for smaller aircraft.

“Gogo is a technology leader in the in-flight connectivity market, and we are very pleased to partner with them so that together we may address the burgeoning demand for communications in the aeronautical broadband sector”, said David Helfgott, CEO of Phasor. “Phasor’s breakthrough technology is powerful and flexible and can therefore facilitate multiple in-flight connectivity applications. We look forward to working closely with the Gogo team to better serve this important and growing market.”

  • With over 8,000 miles of successful road testing, Kymeta and Intelsat take significant step towards making global, high-speed connectivity for the connected car a reality
  • Completion of the first maritime product prototype provides path to scalable, high quality, low cost mobility solutions and compatibility with fleet of Intelsat satellites.

Redmond, WA and Luxembourg | December 15, 2015– Kymeta Corporation and Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, have successfully completed initial testing of the mobility performance of Kymeta’s flat-panel antennas on Intelsat’s global satellite network for both maritime and automotive applications. Kymeta and Intelsat are the first companies to meet this significant milestone with a flat panel, software-based antenna.

In the automotive portion of the test, the team embedded Kymeta’s flat-panel antenna into the roof of an automobile and over the course of 8,000 miles, proved that the company’s mTenna™ technology was able to automatically acquire and track satellite signals while on the move. The Ku-band antenna was able to both transmit and receive signals with Intelsat satellites. It is designed for Intelsat’s current satellites and its next generation high throughput satellites, Intelsat EpicNG, the first of which is expected to launch on January 27, 2016.

Kymeta has also completed building and testing its first glass-on-glass, thin-film-transistor-based antennas, with receive and transmit on the same aperture. This maritime prototype is the workhorse of Kymeta’s 70cm Ku-band product and are currently being produced on existing liquid-crystal display TV display lines, marking the first step towards mass-volume and low-cost attainability for Kymeta antennas.

“We’re excited about these significant milestones and what they mean for our customers,” said, Dr. Nathan Kundtz, Chief Executive Officer of Kymeta. “In partnership with Intelsat, we’re ushering in a new generation of mobile communications that is lower cost and higher bandwidth.”

Kymeta’s flat panel, software-based antennas simplify the access to Intelsat’s satellite fleet by removing the need for mechanical components and by using software to electronically point, steer and acquire the satellite signal. This allows for both the rapid setup and installation of the hardware, in addition to the improved ability to acquire and track satellite signal. Working together, Kymeta and Intelsat will ensure that mobility customers are able to receive fast, reliable and cost-effective connectivity regardless of location.

“At Intelsat, we are pursuing innovation in both satellite technology and ground systems to enable simpler access to our services,” stated Stephen Spengler, Chief Executive Officer of Intelsat. “Our partnership with Kymeta will help ensure that our customers have much easier and more cost effective access to our fleet to leverage the power and higher performance of our satellites to solve their complex connectivity issues. Together, I look forward to using our collective expertise to expand the addressable markets for satellite technology and provide ubiquitous and fast broadband services to the billions of people and devices that need connectivity.”

  • Leading aircraft manufacturer selects Cape Town-based supplier Cobham for the Best Performer Award in systems and equipment

Lyngby, Denmark | November 2, 2015– Cobham has received the Best Performer Award in systems and equipment, cabin and propulsion from Airbus in its Best in Class 2015 Partner Awards.

The award was presented to Cobham Antennas in Dourdan, which is part of Cobham Aerospace Communications, in recognition for its supply of satellite communication antennas to Airbus and specifically for ‘maturity, for cross-programmes communications antennas as well as sustainability of excellent performance’.

The Cobham antennas, which are designed and manufactured at Cobham SA’s facility in Westlake, Cape Town, are installed in all Airbus jetliners, from the 124-seat A319 to the 550-seat A380 superjumbos and the all new mid-size ultra-long haul A350 XWB airliner.

Airbus acknowledged eight suppliers’ outstanding contribution in the areas of aerostructure and material, systems & equipment – cabin and propulsion and general procurement. The awarded suppliers were selected by the Airbus Executive Committee in consultation with business stakeholders. Superior performances in areas such as pragmatic innovation, high quality product delivery and services as well as the importance of a strong collaborative business partnership qualify this year’s winners.

In 2014, Airbus spent more than €32.4 billion with over 7,200 direct suppliers worldwide.

Cobham SATCOM’s pioneering range of aeronautical standalone AVIATOR High Gain, Intermediate Gain and Low Gain antennas features an aerodynamic profile and a small footprint for optimum performance. From the AVIATOR HGA-7001 to the LGA-3000, this family of phased array fuselage and tail cap mount Inmarsat antennas is ideal for air transport aircraft, business aircraft, surveillance aircraft and helicopters.