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NASA plans to install Inmarsat satellite communications technology aboard its Stratospheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy aircraft (SOFIA) this summer of 2013. Ball Aerospace will provide a custom AIRLINK conformal antenna system to the U.S. space agency.
SOFIA is a modified Boeing 747SP jumbo jet. Its 100 inch diameter reflecting telescope is capable of viewing the visible, infrared and sub-millimeter spectrum, and is optimized for the mid-infrared to sub-millimeter range.
The Inmarsat satellite antenna system is expected to be installed at the Dryden Aircraft Operations Facility in Palmdale, California anytime between August and September.
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Many of today’s enterprise customers are turning to Ka band technology, especially as data traffic across the globe surges. Experts attribute the strain on many networks in the rise of powerful devices, especially smartphones and tablets, which runs bandwidth-intensive mobile applications, and support 4G technology.
Industries such as mining, construction, and oil and gas are upgrading their communications technology, including their satellite capabilities. To do this, they’re getting more reliable teleport services, and cooperating with mobile operators. Aside from the aforementioned, these industries are also upgrading to the Ka band spectrum.
Under the Ka band frequency, enterprise customers can support more communications applications like internet on satellite, remote connectivity solutions, wireless backhaul networks, and even video conferencing. In fact, many broadband projects across the globe have included Ka band satellites in their plans to support their fibre optic and fixed wireless services.