Satellite Beach, FL | August 17, 2015– Global aeronautical communications provider Satcom Direct Communications, Inc., a U.S. company, has entered into a purchase agreement to acquire Airbus DS SatCom Government, Inc. (ASGI), expanding its market presence and offerings to the U.S. government sector.

ASGI is a government satellite communications business unit of Airbus Defense and Space for the U.S. market and will operate as a subsidiary of Satcom Direct Communications (SDC), of Satellite Beach, FL. The purchase agreement includes acquisition of ASGI’s business operations as well as two satellite earth stations located on the East and West Coasts of the United States. “Combining the two organizations provides distinct synergies, allowing for a greater support infrastructure as well as enhanced capabilities, technology and expertise to our respective U.S. government customers,” said David Greenhill, President of Satcom Direct Communications. “The acquisition will also provide an increased ability to competitively offer fixed and mobile satellite services in Ku, Ka, L, C, and X bands in multiple markets, especially aviation.”

The deal has been submitted to the U.S. authority and is expected to close within the next few months.

Satcom Direct and Satcom Direct Communications: Satcom Direct, a U.S.-based company, is the leading provider of satellite voice and broadband data solutions for flight deck and cabin communications serving business and general aviation. Satcom Direct Communications (SDC) focuses on satellite communications support for the United States’ military and government including senior leadership aircraft, command and control, intelligence/surveillance/reconnaissance (ISR), and other mission-critical airborne platforms. The company is a premier Inmarsat Distribution Partner, Iridium Service Partner, and ViaSat Yonder’s preferred reseller, supporting more than ninety percent of all corporate flight departments worldwide. Satcom Direct continues to advance its services through mobile applications and value adds – from flight deck datalink to cabin communications – making Satcom Direct the leader in aeronautical satcom service.

Satcom Direct Communications provides services primarily to U.S. military and government operations. For more information regarding Satcom Direct Communications, visit www.satcomdirect.com, e-mail government@satcomdirect.com, or call the SDC support office in Alexandria, VA at +1.703.549.3009.

  • Latest generation commercial airliner is flying equipped with Cobham’s market-leading low profile High Gain Antenna and Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier

Lyngby, Denmark | April 14, 2015– Cobham SATCOM’s market-leading HGA-7001 High Gain Antenna is part of the connectivity solution for the world’s latest generation commercial airliner, the Airbus A350-900.

The low-profile antenna, plus Cobham SATCOM’s DAU-7060 DLNA (Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier) and Floating Mounting Plate, are standard fit on the A350 XWB through a sub-contract with A350 XWB communications systems provider Rockwell Collins.

Cobham, a leading manufacturer of Inmarsat satellite communications systems, has delivered more than 50 antennas to date for the A350 XWB, which promises to set new standards in connected aircraft, customer experience and comfort, and operational efficiency. Deployed on a growing range of airframes, the HGA-7001 leads its field in drag reduction, weight, compactness and power requirements for aircraft connectivity systems.

Complying with the specific requirements of the A350 XWB, a special mounting plate was designed to ensure that the antenna does not impart stresses on the composite airframe structure.

The Airbus A350-900, which recently received Type Certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for use by US airlines, has already secured 780 orders from 40 customers worldwide.

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “Cobham SATCOM is proud to be supplying equipment for this innovative, new generation aircraft featuring ambitious technologies which represent a step-change for airlines and passengers.

“It is further proof of the growing demand of the HGA-7001, which provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance Satcom system.”

Using the SwiftBroadband flexible IP connectivity standard, technology on-board the A350 XWB focuses on the key areas of flight operations, cabin operations, passenger and maintenance. This crucially places the aircraft at the centre of the entire maintenance, operations and ground-based operations picture and enables features such as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), for real-time weather graphics, as well as maintenance activities and other updates from the ground.

Passengers can experience state-of-the-art In-Flight Entertainment (IFE) systems, with access to satellite live television broadcasts or connecting flight information, and the ability to connect to their own Personal Electronic Devices, while connected crew also benefit from new digital features.

With its very high reliability, the AVIATOR HGA-7001 features phased-array technology that has proven its ‘fit and forget’ status with the air transport sector. Providing seamless coverage over the Inmarsat-defined hemisphere, the HGA-7001 is for use with Inmarsat Classic Aero (H/H+), Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom systems for multi-channel service for a range of applications.

As well as providing connectivity for air traffic control, aircraft operation and EFBs for the cockpit, the HGA unit fulfils the demand for high data rates and broadband capability to offer fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services for high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services, supporting the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Cobham’s DAU-7060 DLNA separates transmit and receive signals and amplifies the received signal. It ensures that specified signals in the transmit band from the HPA are transmitted to the antenna with minimal power leaks into the receive band Low Noise Amplifier (LNA). It also filters unwanted harmonics generated in the HPA, providing protection against interference with other systems. Allowing flexible installation, it is ARINC-741 compliant and is compatible with Aero H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband systems.

U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins is supplying the communications, data network and landing system avionics packages for the Airbus A350 XWB, ensuring the management of voice and data communications of the aircraft, between pilots, flight crew, controllers and the airline company. The ARINC 781 satellite communications system features Safety Services and dual SwiftBroadband channel capabilities.

The Airbus A350-900 Type Certification was awarded following a stringent programme of certification trials which has taken its airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all airworthiness criteria are fully met.

Lyngby, Denmark | February 26, 2015– Iridium Communications Inc. has selected Cobham SATCOM as an official Manufacturing Partner for Iridium Certus broadband, a new generation of satellite services based on the forthcoming Iridium NEXT constellation. Cobham SATCOM, a leading satellite and radio communication hardware manufacturer, plans to grow its well-established L-band portfolio with a new line of Iridium Certus terminals for users in the aeronautical and maritime sectors, ready for the launch of new global broadband services.

The Iridium NEXT constellation will consist of 66 low-Earth orbit inter-connected satellites. It introduces a number of new and expanded capabilities, including greater capacity, bandwidth and data speeds, while retaining the global (pole-to-pole) data services Iridium® supports today. Iridium Certus broadband services will be used for commercial, government, and safety communications; areas that Cobham SATCOM already serves with its existing portfolio of L, Ku, Ka and C-band satellite terminals. The new agreement enables Cobham SATCOM to expand its portfolio even further, with development of maritime (SAILOR) and aeronautical (AVIATOR) products for Iridium Certus broadband.

Cobham SATCOM is already a current generation maritime Iridium terminal and hardware manufacturer, and a clear market leader in maritime L-band MSS, in addition to being an established provider of L-band cabin and cockpit communication systems for aircraft. This experience provides a strong platform for Iridium Certus terminal development, giving aircraft, boats and ships high performance and reliability for Iridium’s next generation of services.

“We are delighted to become an official Iridium Certus manufacturing partner and look forward to being part of the massive opportunities that these new services will introduce for satcom users and service providers. The inherent advantages of the Iridium NEXT constellation and our expertise in L-band product development allow us to offer innovative communications solutions, providing our diverse customer base in the aeronautical and maritime markets access to the full suite of compelling Iridium Certus services,” says Paul Jona, SVP Cobham SATCOM.

“We are excited to be working with Cobham SATCOM, a recognized leader developing game-changing products in aeronautical and maritime markets, and look forward to supporting the next-generation of safety services that result from this partnership,” said Bryan Hartin, Executive Vice President, Sales and Marketing, Iridium. “Our selection of Cobham SATCOM demonstrates our long-term strategy to offer superior communications platforms while staying true to our wholesale model – working with our partners as the best way to address growing, diverse markets.”

  • Ground-to-Ground Satellite Communication Specialists to Enable Connectivity at Every Stop along the Solar Impulse Journey

Luxembourg and Yverdon | February 26, 2015 | Intelsat S.A. (NYSE: I), the world’s leading provider of satellite services, and ITC Global, the leading provider of satellite communications to remote and harsh environments, announced today that the companies will provide ground-to-ground satellite communication services to Solar Impulse during its first round-the-world solar flight.

The Round-the-World Mission Flights will take place over five months from the beginning of March to the end of July 2015. Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, has been named Host City of Solar Impulse for the First Round-The-World Solar Flight, and will be the departing and landing destination.

As Specialized Partners of the Solar Impulse project, Intelsat and ITC Global will enable the ground crew and support teams to communicate from anywhere to anyone in the world. Using a 1.8 meter, quick deploy antenna, the crew will leverage Intelsat’s global satellite network for broadcasts, webcasts, email, phone, data and video communications during its 35,000 km (22,000 mile) journey which is expected to take approximately 550 flight hours to complete. Intelsat and ITC Global will also provide 24×7 operations center support during the trip around the world.

“At Intelsat, we value the spirit of innovation that underlies the Solar Impulse adventure. We know what it means to push the limits of technology,” said Jean-Philippe Gillet, Vice President, Europe, Middle East & Africa Sales, “and are pleased to be able to help the Solar Impulse team share its remarkable journey with the world.”

“At ITC Global, we appreciate the commitment to renewable energy that underscores the Solar Impulse initiative,” said Roland Loos, COO and EVP. “With expertise in the energy markets, we are excited about the challenge of flying an airplane around the world with zero fuel on board, and proud to be a Specialized Partner to this pioneering feat.”

  • NBAA 2014 Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition, 21-23 October, Orlando, FL, Orange County Convention Center, Booth 828
  • Leading Satellite Communications Provider Continues to Set the Standard in Aeronautical Sector with Success of Two High Gain Antenna models

NBAA and Lyngby, Denmark | October 21, 2014– Setting the benchmark globally with its pioneering range of standalone aeronautical antennas, Cobham SATCOM announced sales figures for two of its most successful High Gain Antennas. The satellite communications provider confirmed that it has supplied 1,000 of its AVIATOR HGA-6000 – the lightest High Gain Satcom Antenna available on the market. Recently reaching the production landmark of 2,000 units, Cobham also welcomes the continued success of the AVIATOR HGA-7001 as the L-band “Satcom antenna of choice” for airlines.

Brian Cobern, Airline Sales Executive at Cobham Antenna Systems, said: “The combined success of the AVIATOR HGA-7001 and the HGA-6000 is very significant and demonstrates the benefits our antennas give to airlines and business aviation. The top mount HGA-7001 is approved across all the major airframes and provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low angle coverage, all resulting in a higher performance Satcom system.

“HGA-7001 shipments have now reached over 50 units per month and the number continues to grow. This antenna has clearly become the defacto L-band Satcom antenna of choice with the airlines, with about 90% of B777, 60% (and rising) of A330 and 100% of A380, A350, B787 and B747-8 using this antenna. We also see more B737 and A320 customers selecting this antenna as the demands for single aisle connectivity continue to grow.

“To reach the landmark of 1,000 HGA-6000’s is very significant. This antenna is standard fit on Gulfstream 350/450/550/650 and an option on the Dassault Falcon Jets and the Legacy 450/500. It is ideal for large business jets. The light weight and easy installation options make this antenna the obvious choice for OEMs.”

Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM’s aeronautical business unit, said: “These are fairly unique milestones in our industry and really single out Cobham SATCOM as a global leader in the antennas sector and an authoritative voice in the industry. Cobham sets the standard for phased array and tail-mount SwiftBroadband antennas as no other manufacturer can match our compact size, affordability and performance.

“It is particularly satisfying that the 1,000 unit sales figure has been achieved by the HGA-6000 which is such a unique and versatile product and one of the most innovative in our comprehensive range. Offering the lowest weight and volume for a mechanically-steered high gain antenna, it is capable of providing users with high performance voice and data connectivity when used with Cobham’s AVIATOR 350 and 700D systems.”

With its very high reliability, the AVIATOR HGA-7001 features phased-array technology that has proven its ‘fit and forget” status with the air transport sector, yet is small and light enough for many business jet airframes. Providing seamless coverage over the Inmarsat-defined hemisphere, the HGA-7001 is for use with Inmarsat Classic Aero (H/H+), Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom systems for multi-channel service for a range of applications.

The AVIATOR HGA-6000 in the slimline radome offers users the smallest swept volume available for a mechanically-steered Aero H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom antenna. It is the first antenna of this type to accept steering commands directly from any ARINC 741 compatible Satellite Data Unit as it is designed with an integral Beam Steering Unit (BSU) with ARINC 429 interface. This eliminates the need to install a separate Antenna Control Unit (ACU) or BSU, reducing system box count and improving empennage weight distribution and installation simplicity.

As well as providing connectivity for air traffic control, aircraft operation and EFBs for the cockpit, both HGA units fulfil the demand for high data rates and broadband capability to offer fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services for high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of data services, supporting the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as laptops, tablets and smart phones.

Cobham SATCOM’s pioneering range of aeronautical standalone AVIATOR High Gain, Intermediate Gain and Low Gain antennas feature aerodynamic profiles and small footprints for optimum performance. This family of phased array fuselage and mechanical tail cap mounted Inmarsat antennas is ideal for air transport aircraft, business aircraft, surveillance aircraft helicopters and UAV’s.

For further information about Cobham SATCOM’s AVIATOR portfolio, please visit Booth 828 at this year’s NBAA

Annapolis, Maryland, USA, April 1, 2010—ARINC Incorporated today announced it has been named a Distribution Partner (DP) by Inmarsat for its high-speed SwiftBroadbandSM satellite communications service.

ARINC is the world’s largest provider of aeronautical satellite communications for commercial airlines, government/military and business aviation. Its new status as Distribution Partner will result in a number of compelling tailored solutions for the aviation market, since ARINC can purchase airtime directly from Inmarsat, instead of through intermediate providers.

“ARINC plans to provide SwiftBroadband connectivity in a one-stop transaction,” said Andy Hubbard, ARINC Aviation Solutions Director, Europe, Middle East & Africa. “Our customers will not need to source a communications pipe separately, as it will be part of a package with flight applications, connectivity software, and technical support.”

Perry Melton, Inmarsat COO, said “Inmarsat is delighted to further extend our long-standing partnership with ARINC, which has a prominent position in delivering end-to-end solutions for the Aeronautical industry. Working with partners like ARINC is key to the continued success and record growth of SwiftBroadband we have seen to date.”

Bob Richard, ARINC Senior Director, ARINC DirectSM said: “ARINC welcomes this major step forward in our longstanding and successful business relationship with Inmarsat. The designation of Distribution Partner validates the capability and quality of ARINC’s global services operations.”

ARINC offers a range of aircraft applications on the “classic” Inmarsat services of Aero-L, Aero-H/H+, and Aero-I, as well as Swift 64 and SwiftBroadband. The company launched a new marketing initiative for SwiftBroadband to customers effective April 1. As a Distribution Partner, ARINC will be able to sell high-speed SwiftBroadband service more aggressively in its traditional markets of Commercial Aviation, Government/Military, and Business Aviation, as well as in direct sales to other Service Providers.

SwiftBroadband provides ground-to-air and air-to-ground connectivity up to 432Kbps for high-speed data. It is capable of supporting a wide range of crew and passenger applications, Voice communications, Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) applications, passenger telephony including in-seat, mobile, VoIP and text messaging, E-mail, Internet, intranet, instant messaging, secure VPN access, and in-flight news updates. SwiftBroadband can also provide a pre-determined quality of service through streaming classes of 8, 16, 32, 64 or 128kbps, and higher bandwidths.