[Avionics Today 08-28-2015] Star Navigation Systems and Chengdu Spaceon Technology have struck a formal Cooperation Agreement (CA) to work on a joint tracking product. The formal agreement follows a preliminary framework agreement the parties entered into in 2014. The joint product, Star Track, Talk, and Text (Star TTT), is designed to offer small airplanes, helicopters, and ground and maritime transport a cost-efficient, reliable solution for tracking and communications purposes. It is now in the certification phase.
Under this CA, Spaceon will manufacture, market, sell, and support the Star TTT system in China. Spaceon will implement a Chinese data management center for its activities. Star Navigation Systems will bring the Star TTT equipment and solution to the rest of the world.
"Our mutual understanding with Chengdu Spaceon grew up very positively. The full scale cooperation agreement was the immediate next strategic step. Both parties to this partnership will offer complete solutions, complying today with the expected recommendations for the future on tracking and on monitoring,” said Viraf S. Kapadia, CEO of Star. “The growth path of the equipment includes different communications networks from Iridium to Inmarsat and BeiDou. This agreement is further ensuring the presence of Star in a key developing part of the aerospace world. It completes initiatives we recently completed in Asia."