[Avionics Today 04-14-2015] Honeywell Aerospace, Inmarsat and Kymeta are working together to design, create and test a new, higher-speed Ka-band wireless antenna for business and commercial aircraft. The new antenna aims to deliver faster connectivity and a higher-quality broadband service to the aircraft.
The companies are boasting a smaller and more compact design that should allow the antenna to be installed on a wider variety of aircraft, including smaller business aviation aircraft. The flat-panel design is lighter and will reduce weight and drag on the aircraft, leading to a reduction in fuel and maintenance costs.
All three companies will work together to bring the antenna to the business and commercial aviation market. Kymeta will deliver its mTenna antenna products to Honeywell, which will be responsible for testing and integrating the antenna into its JetWave aviation product line.