Honeywell completed the preliminary design review (PDR) for the hardware that will be used in Inmarsat's GX Aviation program, including the terminals and antenna sub-systems on the aircraft for in-flight connectivity to commercial and business aircraft.
The review demonstrated the design satisfies Inmarsat’s system requirements and established approval for Honeywell to proceed with detailed design. During the two-day process, Inmarsat’s team reviewed functional specifications of GX Aviation hardware designs, such as external interface control documents and fuselage and tail mount antenna specifications.
Honeywell’s next major program milestones include the critical design review (CDR), scheduled for late 2013, in time for the launch of the first satellite in Inmarsat’s Global Xpress constellation. Inmarsat and Honeywell said they continue to track toward global service for commercial, business aviation and government customers available in 2015.
“We are making tremendous progress on the GX Aviation program and are continuing our goal of bringing a new level of high-speed, in-fight connectivity to consumers, OEMs and airlines around the world. In addition to the successful preliminary design review, we are actively working with several aircraft OEMs to provide GX Aviation services, giving crews and passengers access to higher performing in-flight connectivity around the world for less," said Jack Jacobs, vice president of marketing, Honeywell Safety and Information Systems.