According to Orbital Research, consumers now expect seamless and secure connectivity while in-flight.  

Airline passengers no longer accept temporary disconnection from the internet, it believes, as business is conducted 24/7 and often timelines are of the essence. In addition, Orbital Research says, consumer demand for live streaming of sporting events and entertainment have also followed suit, making connectivity a key driver of new business models for airlines.   

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Orbital Research builds what it describes as high-performance, high-quality low noise block downconverters (LNBs) for the satellite communications industry.

The company points out that, at average cruising levels of 11,000m, temperatures nearing -51°C, and acute pressure variations, reliable in-flight connectivity can be difficult to achieve. It adds that its LNBs are used in ARSTRAT-qualified terminals, meeting and exceeding the performance specifications and standards outlined by the commercial aviation industry.

The company’s satellite LNBs are available for C-, X-, Ku- and Ka-Band. Each unit is said to be hand-tuned and tested, and to come with a datasheet that is unique to that individual LNB – actual measurements, not averages. LNBs can also be customised to meet any requirement.

Orbital Research is exhibiting at IBC2019 on Stand 1.B11