SatixFy UK has formed a Joint Venture with Singapore Technology Engineering Ltd. (ST Engineering), called JetTalk, to exclusively commercialize the IFC terminal for Commercial Aviation markets.
The agreement reaffirms OneWeb’s ambitions in the global aerospace arena as the company sets out its roadmap to support commercial, regional, business and government aviation users.
The IFC terminal will access OneWeb’s LEO constellation and deliver a ‘home-equivalent’ inflight broadband experience, while also allowing operators to complement their legacy GEO service. The product is based on SatixFy’s Electronically Steered Multi-beam Antenna (ESMA) technology, developed together with JetTalk and provides multi-beam capability and operates simultaneously on multiple LEO and GEO satellites.
SatixFy has recently completed the development of Tx tile of 576 elements and Rx tile of 1024 elements that can be used as building blocks for the planned terminal. The tiles, which have been co-developed together with JetTalk, have completed initial testing and are currently being implemented inside a terminal product. The OneWeb IFC terminal will integrate the OneWeb modem as well as a GEO network one, inside the terminal.
Ben Griffin, VP Mobility at OneWeb, said, “OneWeb is creating IFC solutions which offer a significant increase in the whole passenger traveling experience. This agreement with SatixFy represents a major milestone for OneWeb Aviation, as we plot our path to facilitating onboard connectivity, globally, on commercial airliners and corporate jets, large and small.”
“The ability to deploy multi-beam, multi-satellite, multi-orbit IFC terminals is key in SatixFy’s offering developed in partnership with ST Engineering through our Joint Venture – JetTalk,” said Yoel Gat, SatixFy’s CEO. “Aggregating capacity from multiple satellites will give customers the grade of service they expect on flights. This great leap forward is made possible thanks to the continuous support by ESA and UK Space Agency.”
Catherine Mealing-Jones, Director of Growth at the UK Space Agency, said, “The last year has shown connectivity has never been more important to our daily lives, and it is exciting to see SatixFy and OneWeb working together to provide aircraft with broadband internet for the first time. The new aviation terminal will make use of the Prime, Beat and Sx3099 ASIC chips developed with UK Space Agency backing, showing how supporting our most innovative companies leads to results that make a real difference for people all over the world.”
Elodie Viau, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said, “Space and satellites are becoming increasingly important to the digital economy and there is a need to get data all the time and everywhere – even on board a plane. ESA is proud to have supported SatixFy in the design of the chips used for this terminal – enabling the digital transformation of society using telecommunications satellites.”