Inmarsat and Kymeta are developing a satellite antenna that is meant to enable business jets to access high-speed broadband connectivity through Inmarsat’s global xpress service, according to a joint statement.
“Our partnership with satellite technology specialist Kymeta will make business jet travel an even smarter and more efficient option for executives,” said Leo Mondale, managing director of Inmarsat GX.
The Kymeta aero antenna will be developed as a light-weight, flat-panel device designed to deliver broadband speeds, data rates and bandwidth similar to the service received at home or in the office.
“We are excited to reach this milestone and engage with Inmarsat to bring next-generation broadband services into the global business aviation market,” said Vern Fotheringham, Kymeta CEO.
The lighter and smaller GX-capable antenna can be fitted to much smaller aircraft and will not require power-consuming phase shifters or mechanically moving parts.
This Kymeta aero antenna will only be available to GX users.
Kymeta anticipates that the deal will provide new opportunities to link its advanced antennas with the world’s first global Ka-band network.