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ThinKom's advanced satellite system successfully completes flight test on Northrop Grumman ISR aircraft

Aerospace & Defense

March 4, 2014
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ThinKom Solutions announced that the ultra-lowprofile ThinSAT® 300 antenna, which provides global Ku-Band communications-on-the-move (COTM) connectivity, has been successfully flight tested onboard Northrop Grumman’s demonstrator aircraft, the Firebird. The antenna system was used to support Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (ISR) SATCOM mission capabilities while experiencing 2.5g maneuvers over the Mojave Desert. This demonstration proves that small ultra-low-profile antenna systems can provide high quality sensor data through a commercial Ku-band satellite network.

The ThinSAT® 300 is a Ku-Band COTM system based on the patented Variable Inclination Continuous Transverse Stub (VICTS) phased array antenna technology. Measuring 4.5 inches (12 cm) high by 60 inches (150 cm) long the product is capable of providing data rates up to 8Mbps; supporting broadband data, voice and video connectivity for ground vehicles used in news media and broadcasters, disaster recovery, homeland security, surveillance and security, trains and public transit industries. ThinKom has leveraged this technology to uniquely enable commercial air transport and general business aviation connectivity offering 2x-10x higher performance at half the size and one-third the aerodynamic drag, relative to other commercially available products.

“We appreciate Northrop Grumman’s support and commitment to flight test and demonstrate the throughput capabilities of our commercial ultra-low-profile COTM system," said Mark SILK, CEO, ThinKom. "We are very pleased with how our ground mobile ThinSat300 antenna performed in this airborne environment. This flight test is a key step in showing that small military aircraft and general business aviation aircraft can be effectively served with a small form factor, low-drag and highly efficient phased array antenna.”

Source: ThinKom Solutions Inc.

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