OTTAWA, Ontario and HAWTHORNE, Calif., August 03, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – ThinKom Solutions and Telesat today announced a collaboration agreement to collaborate on the integration of ThinKom’s Ka2517 aeronautical antennas with advanced Telesat Lightspeed technology™ LEO broadband satellite network.
The two companies will work together to facilitate the operation of the Ka2517 antennas on the fully integrated satellite and terrestrial network 298, which is expected to begin services in 2023. Efforts under the agreement will include the integration of the Ka2517 as a solution. complete with aeronautical user terminal. , followed by the official type approval of the Ka2517 on the Telesat Lightspeed network.
Based on the high performance and efficiency of the Ka2517 antennas and Telesat’s advanced LEO satellite network, downlink speeds are expected to reach up to 830 Mbps and uplink speeds up to 200 Mbps to a single aircraft. .
The Ka2517 antennas have already been successfully tested on Telesat’s LEO Phase 1 satellite, validating LEO satellite tracking, extremely high spectral efficiencies and ultra-low latency of 20 to 40 ms. Additional tests will be performed to validate intra- and inter-satellite handoffs on the Ka2517 terminal when the Telesat Lightspeed satellites are in orbit.
The Ka2517, using ThinKom’s patented Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) technology, is DO-160 approved and currently in full production with several additional type certificates awarded for Airbus and Boeing aircraft. ThinKom expects hundreds of these aerodynamic Ka-band antennas to operate on geostationary satellites (GEO) when the Telesat Lightspeed network is ready to support commercial service. It will be simple and inexpensive for an airline to modify one of these Ka2517 GEO-only antenna systems installed to interact with the Telesat Lightspeed LEO satellite constellation and existing GEO networks.
“The collaboration agreement between ThinKom and Telesat will ensure a streamlined path for Ka2517 antennas already in service as well as new facilities to operate seamlessly on Telesat’s LEO network,” said Bill Milroy, President and CTO of ThinKom Solutions. “Our proven VICTS aerodynamic antenna technology, combined with Telesat’s Lightspeed laser-linked global optical coverage, low latency, high throughput, and reconfigurable dynamic beam flexibility, will provide a night “low risk and economical for airlines serving both global and regional routes, including the high latitude polar areas.
“The accelerating pace of technology, coupled with ever-increasing passenger demand for the Internet, is putting increased pressure on the connectivity decisions airlines make today,” said Erwin Hudson, vice-president. president of Telesat’s Lightspeed system operations. “With the development of ThinKom’s Ka2517 antenna, airlines no longer need to tear down and replace aircraft antennas to take advantage of the higher throughput, lower latency and true global connectivity available with the next Telesat Lightspeed LEO network. “
About ThinKom Solutions
ThinKom Solutions, Inc., is a leading provider of innovative, highly affordable and compact broadband antennas and multibeam products for aeronautical, vehicle, user terminal, gateway, satellite and portable applications. The company’s core products uniquely enable short-term global availability of high-speed connectivity in the X, Ku, Ka, Q and V bands. ThinKom offers a range of reliable and proven technology solutions for communities of consumers, businesses, first responders, civilians, military and intelligence.
With a legacy of engineering excellence, reliability and cutting-edge customer service, Telesat is one of the world’s largest and most successful satellite operators. Telesat works with its customers to provide essential connectivity solutions that tackle the world’s most complex communications challenges, delivering powerful benefits that improve their operations and drive profitable growth.
Constantly innovating to meet the connectivity requirements of the future, Telesat Lightspeed, the company’s low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network, will be the first and only LEO network optimized to meet the rigorous demands of telecom, government, and government customers. maritime and aeronautical. Operating under its priority international rights to Ka-band spectrum, Telesat Lightspeed will redefine global satellite connectivity with ubiquitous, affordable, high-capacity links with speeds similar to fiber.
A privately held company headquartered in Ottawa, Canada, with offices and facilities throughout the world, Telesat’s major shareholders are the Public Sector Pension Investment Board of Canada and Loral Space & Communications Inc. (NASDAQ: LORL). For more information, visit www.telesat.com.
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