Honeywell’s newest satellite communications system, the Aspire 400, which provides aircraft flight crews and passengers with access to worldwide voice and data connectivity and provides pilots with critical cockpit safety services.
The compact and lightweight system for business jets and commercial or military aircraft provides connectivity to both the cockpit and the cabin simultaneously, which in turn results in safer, more efficient and more comfortable flights than previously possible.
“As pilot and passenger demand for data and services continues to grow, our latest satellite communications system delivers superior call quality, videoconferencing and the ability to stream content in a single system,” explains Mark Goodman, product director, Honeywell Aerospace.
“Plus, that system is more than 100 pounds lighter than comparable products.”
“Aspire 400 helps our customers deliver consistent communications through a secure connection while reducing aircraft downtime and delays.”
The first release of the Aspire 400 satellite communication system includes the operator’s choice of either an intermediate-gain or a high-gain antenna.
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The system includes a satellite data unit, a configuration module, a high-power amplifier, and a diplexer/low noise amplifier.
The Aspire 400 provides connectivity to pilots and passengers alike through two independent SwiftBroadband channels and Inmarsat’s I-4 network.
Using Inmarsat’s SwiftBroadband–Safety service, pilots have access to a separate, secure data channel for essential safety communications in the cockpit – like text messaging with air traffic control or in-flight tracking – as well as electronic flight bag applications.
Passengers can use the second channel for SwiftBroadband voice and data connectivity in the cabin.
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