|Boeing engineers Stephanie Mount and Chuck Renneberg examine the low-profile phased array antenna. Photo: Boeing.
[Avionics Today 10-09-2014] Boeing has completed environmental and performance qualification testing on the aircraft satellite communications antenna system it is developing for multipurpose satellite operator Al Yah Satellite Company (Yahsat) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The system has passed customer-witnessed acceptance testing, and its required data transfer rate has been validated in over-the-air satellite tests.
Boeing’s system offers a solution to military and commercial customers who require an aircraft-qualified, low-profile, low-drag antenna to send and receive data between airborne and ground terminals. The system employs steerable phased array technology, meaning the antenna uses electronics rather than mechanical components to track a satellite, even when mounted on moving aircraft.
The Yahsat contract calls for Boeing to deliver the first of eight low-profile antenna systems later this year for installation on various aircraft.