Inmarsat recently completed its Global Xpress ‘Around
the World’ test flight.
The exercise, conducted on a Gulfstream IV
aircraft, covered more than 25,000 miles and demonstrated Global
Xpress’ ability to deliver seamless, worldwide coverage across
multiple spot beams and satellites.
The flight route spanned the
northern and southern hemispheres, beginning in the United States
with stops in the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates,
Thailand, Australia and Fiji.
A Global Xpress
subscription-based data plan was configured for the Honeywell aero
Tail Mount Antenna (TMA), with a committed information rate of
4Mbps forward and 1Mbps return but capable of 15Mbps or more.
Uniform coverage and service was delivered to the aircraft as it
moved across 28 beams with handovers that went unnoticed by users;
and 3 satellite-to-satellite handovers that were accomplished
The terminal’s global plan enabled access to the
Global Xpress network worldwide without the need to pre-coordinate
and receive satellite-specific option files.
During the flight,
Global Xpress supported mission-critical voice, data and streaming
applications to include video teleconferencing, high-speed
internet access and file transfer, VPN as well as phone calls.
“This Gulfstream IV ‘Around the World’ test flight demonstrates
Inmarsat’s ability to deliver reliable, seamless next-generation
wideband connectivity for aeronautical users,” said Steve Gizinski,
Vice President of Special Programs, Inmarsat U.S. Government
Business Unit. “Highly mobile, bandwidth-hungry government and
commercial users can now travel the world and enjoy connectivity
that allows them to conduct business as if they were in the office
… even while 40,000 feet in the air.”
Inmarsat offers Global Xpress as an
end-to-end managed subscription service – SATCOM as a Service –
that enables access to an always-on, worldwide network with 24/7
management, monitoring and support.
With no infrastructure charges
or R&D investment on their part, customers travel from one
location to another, and simply ‘plug in’ to Global Xpress to get
what they need, where they need it, and when they need it.