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December 8th, 2010

OnAir... Circumnavigation Flight Via Solar (SATCOM)

[SatNews] OnAir has an agreement with Solar Impulse for the Company to supply satellite broadband connectivity for the ground-breaking project which completed a 26-hour non-stop flight in July this year and is working up to become the first solar powered aircraft to circle the Earth.

Solar Impulse HB-SIA
OnAir will supply the Solar Impulse HB-SIA aircraft with SwiftBroadband satellite technology and a specially designed ground infrastructure to assure global air-to-ground communications for the aircraft whenever and wherever it flies. As part of the agreement, OnAir becomes Specialized Partner for SwiftBroadband Satellite Connectivity. In coming months, OnAir will work with Swisscom to set up the ground infrastructure, activate SwiftBroadband connectivity, conduct a thorough test programme and fit the Solar Impulse with SATCOM equipment ready to begin a new series of tests flights.