Honeywell (NYSE: HON) has announced the availability of its 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 company said.
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.
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. 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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