Satnews Daily
September 12th, 2016

Inmarsat Approaching USG Aero Apps With SATCOM As A Service Solutions

Now ready, according to Inmarsat, for US Government aero applications across the globe is their Global Xpress "SATCOM as a Service" capability.

The service was successfully demonstrated in multiple user scenarios with US government end users and in close cooperation with Inmarsat’s Value Added Reseller (VAR) and Value Added Manufacturer (VAM) partners. During CONUS and OCONUS world tour airborne and ground demonstrations, the Honeywell JetWave™ SATCOM terminals in the Fuselage Mount Antenna (FMA) and Tail Mount Antenna (TMA) configurations seamlessly connected with the Global Xpress network. End users received a flexible and scalable communication solution that achieved full performance while delivering wideband connectivity worldwide for video and data transfers.
Global Xpress ‘SATCOM as a Service’ for aero enables users to leverage commercial SATCOM that seamlessly integrates with MILSATCOM to achieve optimal redundancy, diversity, protection, scalability and global portability—the ultimate resiliency approach. With committed information rates throughout the world, backed-up by service level agreements, government end users can rest assured that they always get what they need and pay for.
Following Inmarsat’s recent announcements of its first globally available, high-throughput wideband solutions for maritime and land users, these successful demonstrations of Global Xpress for aero highlighted key solution attributes including seamless worldwide mobility, guaranteed performance and interoperability – to meet the government’s mission-critical mobile on-demand needs. Global Xpress aviation terminals have been in government demonstrations and initial operational service for more than a year and its ‘SATCOM as a Service’ capability is poised to deliver secure, reliable connectivity for government aero connectivity. The Honeywell FMA and TMA terminals are fully developed and tested and type approved for use on GX and are compatible with USG installation requirements.
According to Peter Hadinger, the Inmarsat U.S. Government Business Unit President, whether pursuing tactical objectives in theater, connecting in-flight government officials to ground-based resources or conducting other aero operations, government users can depend upon Global Xpress as this reliable, high-throughput and interoperable service ‘follows’ them from one end of the world to another and supports mission success.