ThinKom Completes Interoperability Tests with LEO Network
Thursday, April 30, 2020 | Comments

ThinKom Solutions completed a series of interoperability tests that demonstrated the compatibility of its core antenna technology with a low-Earth orbit (LEO) satellite network.

The tests took place during the first quarter using commercially available airborne-certified hardware, including a ThinKom Ku3030 phased-array antenna subsystem and a Gogo radome, adaptor plate and power amplifier that together comprise the 2Ku aero satcom terminal.

The 2Ku terminal demonstrated rapid acquisition and tracking of LEO satellites and provided continuous connectivity over all operationally relevant elevation angles. The switch time between individual satellite beams was less than 100 milliseconds (ms), and handoffs between satellites were completed in less than one second. Switches between LEO and geostationary (GEO) satellites were also achieved with similar results, the company said.

“LEO satellite networks have the potential to be transformative to the in-flight connectivity experience but also place new stringent demands on the antenna systems used to track and connect with the rapidly moving satellites,” said Bill Milroy, chief technology officer (CTO) of ThinKom Solutions. “This important demonstration is another milestone verifying that our antenna technology operates effectively in the LEO environment, which is a key requirement for airlines in terms of enhanced network resiliency and flexibility.”

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