For the first time at Farnborough Airshow, Cobham SATCOM is introducing the AVIATOR 200S airborne SATCOM featuring the exceptionally compact HELGA (combined HLD and Enhanced LGA) antenna.
LYNGBY, Denmark - For the first time at Farnborough
Airshow, Cobham SATCOM is introducing the AVIATOR 200S airborne
SATCOM featuring the exceptionally compact HELGA (combined HLD and
Enhanced LGA) antenna. Designed as the first Inmarsat Class 4
terminal by Cobham, the system allows for simultaneous transmission
of safety and non-safety services over the same SwiftBroadband
channel. The revolutionary new system will also deliver improved
space and weight savings demanded by air transport aircraft
One of the key components of the AVIATOR 200S is the HELGA
antenna which reduces the number of LRUs (Line Replacement Units)
from three in a current single-channel SwiftBroadband system to two
for the AVIATOR 200S. This is achieved by incorporating the RF
power amplifier and diplexer and the enhanced low-gain antenna into
one single compact unit.
The antenna footprint is defined by the latest ARINC 781
Attachment 7 specification and is compatible with the existing
ARINC 741 LGA mounting footprint for ease of installation for
retrofits. The exacting environmental considerations have all been
taken into account in this revolutionary design concept. The
antenna achieves excellent low angle performance due to its unique
multi-element phased array architecture.
Kim Gram, vice president of Cobham SATCOM's aeronautical
business unit, said: "The revolutionary HELGA antenna has allowed a
two-box solution which makes the AVIATOR 200S so important for
operators, potentially for many years to come.
"Previously the amplifier had to be installed somewhere on the
aircraft, but as it generated heat, it has to have appropriate
ventilation which limited the installation options. The space and
weight savings achieved by the AVIATOR 200S represents a step
change for the industry as this new solution is suitable for all
aircrafts. The AVIATOR S series of SATCOM products is not only
about making satellite communications equipment smaller and more
powerful, but also more cost effective."
Another key feature of the AVIATOR S is that the new CSDU
(Compact Satellite Data Unit) allows secure data communication. The
product segregates the cockpit and cabin domains, for safety
reasons, ensuring the cockpit to ATC (Air Traffic Control) network
is secure. This allows the simultaneous transfer of operational and
flight data to ground maintenance and control facilities, or
real-time weather and other flight relevant information, updates to
EFBs or flight management systems. Depending on the antenna choice,
the system can also provide high-performance connectivity to the
cabin for passengers voice calls, email and internet browsing.
"The AVIATOR S series is a family of systems based around a
revolutionary new Compact Satellite Data Unit, which is designed
around a proprietary in-house core radio module and all the data
security protection needed for secure and reliable cockpit
communications," added Gram.
"The AVIATOR S represents a real breakthrough in communications
because of the increase in versatility from being able to use
professional levels of internet protocol connectivity with a high
level of data integrity."
The AVIATOR S series is the latest addition to Cobham SATCOM's
highly-regarded AVIATOR portfolio of airborne satellite
communication systems, ranging from the AVIATOR 200 to
AVIATOR S has been developed as a full family of satcom systems,
ranging from the AVIATOR 200 unit designed for smaller
aircraft right up to the AVIATOR 700D for large air transport
aircraft. The system will meet the requirement of FANS 1/A
operation and satisfy expected requirements for NextGen CNS/ATM
For further information about Cobham SATCOM's AVIATOR portfolio,
please visit Chalet 16-18 during this year's Farnborough
International Airshowor visit www.cobham.com/satcom.
Cobham protects lives and livelihoods with its differentiated
technology and know-how, operating with a deep insight to customer
needs and agility. The Group offers an innovative range of
technologies and services to solve challenging problems across
commercial, defence and security markets, from deep space to the
depths of the ocean. It has market leading positions in air-to-air
refuelling; aviation services; audio, video and data
communications, including satellite communications; defence
electronics; life support and mission equipment. The most important
thing Cobham builds is trust.
About Cobham SATCOM
Cobham SATCOM develops, manufactures, sells and supports
satellite and radio communication terminals and earth stations for
land, marine and airborne applications. With the ever increasing
demand for communication, our products and services are used to
satisfy the needs of a wide variety of commercial, governmental and
Cobham SATCOM uses state-of-the-art technologies to design
affordable, highly reliable high performance systems that have
decreased over time in terms of size, weight and power consumption.
Our products enable people to stay in touch under the most
challenging and demanding conditions. When traditional
communication technologies fail, Cobham SATCOM's products will keep
providing our customers with high quality voice, data, and
Our product designs have evolved tremendously during their
decades in service in use around the world in a variety of domains
and environments. We market under the AVIATOR, EXPLORER, SAILOR®
and Sea Tel brands. Please refer to our websites for our list of
global distributors and partners. Cobham SATCOM has design,
development and manufacturing facilities in Denmark, Norway, South
Africa and the USA.
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Global Marketing Manager
Aeronautical Business Unit
T: +1 757 777 7186