Latest generation commercial airliner is flying equipped with Cobham’s market-leading low profile High Gain Antenna and Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier
LYNGBY, Denmark -
Cobham SATCOM's market-leading HGA-7001 High Gain Antenna is part
of the connectivity solution for the world's latest generation
commercial airliner, the Airbus A350-900.
The low-profile antenna, plus Cobham SATCOM's DAU-7060 DLNA
(Diplexer/Low Noise Amplifier) and Floating Mounting Plate, are
standard fit on the A350 XWB through a sub-contract with A350 XWB
communications systems provider Rockwell Collins.
Cobham, a leading manufacturer of Inmarsat satellite
communications systems, has delivered more than 50 antennas to date
for the A350 XWB, which promises to set new standards in connected
aircraft, customer experience and comfort, and operational
efficiency. Deployed on a growing range of airframes, the HGA-7001
leads its field in drag reduction, weight, compactness and power
requirements for aircraft connectivity systems.
Complying with the specific requirements of the A350 XWB, a
special mounting plate was designed to ensure that the antenna does
not impart stresses on the composite airframe structure.
The Airbus A350-900, which recently received Type Certification
from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA), as well as the
Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification for use by US
airlines, has already secured 780 orders from 40 customers
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical
business unit, said: "Cobham SATCOM is proud to be supplying
equipment for this innovative, new generation aircraft featuring
ambitious technologies which represent a step-change for airlines
"It is further proof of the growing demand of the HGA-7001,
which provides value benefits and cost savings, such as low drag
weight, low induced fuselage stress and exceptional low angle
coverage, all resulting in a higher performance Satcom system."
Using the SwiftBroadband flexible IP connectivity standard,
technology on-board the A350 XWB focuses on the key areas of flight
operations, cabin operations, passenger and maintenance. This
crucially places the aircraft at the centre of the entire
maintenance, operations and ground-based operations picture and
enables features such as Electronic Flight Bags (EFBs), for
real-time weather graphics, as well as maintenance activities and
other updates from the ground.
Passengers can experience state-of-the-art In-Flight
Entertainment (IFE) systems, with access to satellite live
television broadcasts or connecting flight information, and the
ability to connect to their own Personal Electronic Devices, while
connected crew also benefit from new digital features.
With its very high reliability, the AVIATOR HGA-7001 features
phased-array technology that has proven its 'fit and forget' status
with the air transport sector. Providing seamless coverage over the
Inmarsat-defined hemisphere, the HGA-7001 is for use with Inmarsat
Classic Aero (H/H+), Swift64 and SwiftBroadband Satcom systems for
multi-channel service for a range of applications.
As well as providing connectivity for air traffic control,
aircraft operation and EFBs for the cockpit, the HGA unit fulfils
the demand for high data rates and broadband capability to offer
fast and reliable connectivity on Inmarsat SwiftBroadband services
for high quality, low-cost voice calling and the full complement of
data services, supporting the use of Wi-Fi enabled devices such as
laptops, tablets and smart phones.
Cobham's DAU-7060 DLNA separates transmit and receive signals
and amplifies the received signal. It ensures that specified
signals in the transmit band from the HPA are transmitted to the
antenna with minimal power leaks into the receive band Low Noise
Amplifier (LNA). It also filters unwanted harmonics generated in
the HPA, providing protection against interference with other
systems. Allowing flexible installation, it is ARINC-741 compliant
and is compatible with Aero H/H+, Swift64 and SwiftBroadband
U.S. avionics maker Rockwell Collins is supplying the
communications, data network and landing system avionics packages
for the Airbus A350 XWB, ensuring the management of voice and data
communications of the aircraft, between pilots, flight crew,
controllers and the airline company. The ARINC 781 satellite
communications system features Safety Services and dual
SwiftBroadband channel capabilities.
The Airbus A350-900 Type Certification was awarded following a
stringent programme of certification trials which has taken its
airframe and systems well beyond their design limits to ensure all
airworthiness criteria are fully met.
For further information please visit Stand 3B12 at Aircraft
Interiors or visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
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About Rockwell Collins
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of innovative communication and aviation electronic solutions for
both commercial and government applications. Our expertise in
flight deck avionics, cabin electronics, mission communications,
simulation and training, and information management is delivered by
a global workforce, and a service and support network that crosses
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