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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

GEE Expands Ka-band Capabilities to Airconnect Global Antenna Platform

Juliet Van Wagenen

GEE and QEST executives unveil Airconnect Global Ku antenna, the previous iteration of the Ka-band antenna released on April 6
GEE and QEST executives unveil Airconnect Global Ku antenna, the previous iteration of the Ka-band antenna released on April 6. Photo: GEE

[Avionics Today 04-06-2016] Global Eagle Entertainment (GEE) has released a new Airconnect Global Ka high-speed antenna that will complement its existing Ku-band antenna systems. The company developed the new antenna in partnership with Quantenelektronische Systeme (QEST), and will offer Ku- and Ka-band capability on a single antenna platform.

In 2015, GEE announced the development of its Airconnect Global Ku antenna, which operates consistently at all latitudes on Ku networks. The expansion adds Ka-band compatibility to the core antenna architecture, with target certification for Ka-band capability in early 2017.

The design of the Airconnect Global Ka antenna is compatible with GEE's current installation architecture and Supplemental Type Certificates (STCs), and meets the requirements for future linefit installations, according to the company.

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