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Row 44 to Use AeroSat Components

By Tish Drake | September 17, 2007
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Row 44, Westlake Village, Calif., will use satellite antenna and additional RF components from AeroSat Corp., Temple, N.H., for its aviation broadband system. Under the agreement, AeroSat will provide two-way KU-band antennas and high-power amplifiers for use in Row 44's system. The system also will use AeroSat's low-loss radome which is operating on more than 20 aircraft types. "By using a single vendor for the entire RF chain, we optimize our system development and minimize our operational risks," said Jim Costello, Row 44's Vice President of Engineering. "AeroSat's ability to provide all the RF components, their experience with fuselage-mounted antennas and their technological leadership in Ku antennas makes them the perfect choice for us." The Row 44 broadband system, which uses Hughes satellites, supports Internet surfing, e-mail with corporate VPN (Virtual Private Network) access, and has enhanced capacity for planned future services including worldwide in-flight television, the company says. Airlines will have enhanced operational communication to the ground, including Voice Over Internet Protocol phones for security and medical support of the cabin crew, as well as live Flight Operational Quality Assurance Data, weather, and Electronic Flight Bag compatibility for the cockpit.

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