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Wireless-in-the-Sky soon to take off

Posted: 28 Sep 2010 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:in-flight? broadband; airplanes? aircraft? wireless?

AP Avionx announced that it has received production orders from Row 44 to support the deployment of 'Wireless-in-the-Sky'. The order is for server management units (SMU) and modem data units (MDU). Both are important components of the Row 44 In-Flight Broadband System that provides wireless connectivity and other services to airline passengers. The production orders will support widespread deployment of Row 44 services in 2011.

Row 44's satellite-based broadband system provides in-flight Internet connectivity, entertainment, and airline operational data services for commercial airlines' passengers and crew. Designed to function over land, water and across international borders, it enables seamless service delivery to both domestic and international carriers. The system leverages an existing high capacity Ku-Band satellite system. Customers connect to the system through wireless hotspots inside the aircraft cabin, enabled by the SMU and MDUs.

AP Avionx was initially selected by Row 44 in late 2006 to design and manufacture the subsystems based on AP Labs' extensive experience in rugged airborne systems for military and commercial aerospace applications. Successful completion of test phases and FAA airworthiness certification in early 2008 led to customer in-flight testing and deployment in 2009/2010.

- Phil Ling
EE Times

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