Orbit Develops Ka-Band Airborne Terminal with 12-Inch Antenna for Inmarsat

Orbit Communication Systems and Inmarsat, have announced the development of an innovative new Ka-band multi-purpose airborne terminal (MPT). The compact MPT 30WGX, featuring a 30-cm (12") antenna, will be able to deliver high-throughput wideband communications via the Inmarsat Global Xpress worldwide network for a broad range of airborne platforms.

Built to fulfill "anytime, anywhere" connectivity requirements, the lightweight, small-footprint terminal combines high performance with Orbit's industry-leading reliability to address new opportunities in military aircraft and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). Following certification, volume production of the terminal is planned for Orbit's US-based facilities.

The MPT 30WGX terminal complements Orbit's 46-cm (18") MPT 46WGX terminal, which will shortly enter full-scale production. Once certified, it will be similarly optimized for use with Inmarsat's Global Xpress system and will be interoperable with military Ka-band services, affording unique capabilities and flexibility.

The new terminal will help open up service offerings to an expanded range of aircraft. Inmarsat along with Orbit will introduce innovative and forward-looking satellite solutions that support today's complex missions. Orbit's innovation and expansion of their MPT terminal line ensure that airborne users will have access to reliable wideband mobility for increased agility and worldwide portability.

About Orbit's Airborne Terminals

With over 1,600 terminals delivered, Orbit offers a range of versatile and highly reliable airborne satellite communications systems. The AirTRx and MPT series offer a choice of multiple antenna sizes, frequency bands, and profiles, and are operational on a wide range of airborne platforms such as commercial airliners, business jets, military aircraft, helicopters, and UAVs. The systems are offered in Ku, Ka, and X-band and provide outstanding RF, tracking and inter-satellite transition performance in harsh operating environments. They are modular, ready for installation, and simple to operate and maintain. Drawing on long cooperation with leading aircraft manufacturers, including Boeing, Airbus, and Gulfstream, Orbit airborne systems meet stringent size, weight, power, and environmental requirements. Orbit delivers tested, certified and reliable terminals, ready for service.