"The successful launch of an Intelsat satellite from French Guiana spells good news for Ku-band airborne communications providers Panasonic Avionics, Gogo and Global Eagle Entertainment, which use Intelsat’s global Ku broadband mobility infrastructure to keep airline passengers and crew connected in-flight.
Intelsat 34 – a C- and Ku-band satellite – lifted off early yesterday morning on an Ariane 5 vehicle. Among its payloads, the satellite is carrying a specialized Ku payload that will support broadband services over the North Atlantic for the fast growing aeronautical mobility sector (and for maritime). American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Icelandair and Lufthansa are among the carriers offering Ku satellite-supported connectivity on North Atlantic routes.
Intelsat CEO Stephen Spengler says Intelsat 34 “is a great example of the breadth of services that Intelsat’s satellites are able to provide to communities around the world”. But those services extend beyond operating its own satellite network.
To wit, Intelsat recently signed an exclusive agreement with antenna maker Phasor Solutions to co-design and produce a low profile, active phased array Ku antenna that will be optimized for Intelsat’s forthcoming Epic High Throughput Satellite (HTS) platform and sold to government and civil aviation customers. The first Epic satellite – Intelsat 29e – is slated to launch in the first quarter of 2016..."
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