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Honeywell Aerospace and AgustaWestland to offer wireless broadband

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Honeywell Aerospace will now offer AgustaWestland AW139 helicopter owners its Aspire 200 satellite communications system, marking the firsthigh-speed wireless broadband solution enabling reliable and fast data services aboard helicopters.

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Awarded a supplemental type certificate (STC) by the Federal Aviation Administration, the Aspire 200 system enables helicopters to utilize SwiftBroadband, an aircraft connectivity service provided through Inmarsat-4 satellites.

Aspire 200 with the High Data Rate (HDR) software upgrade is faster than any other helicopter connectivity system in the market today,supporting voice and streaming data rates up to 650kbps.

In the past, the helicopter’s rotor blades would interfere and block satellite communications signals to the helicopter.

The Honeywell Aspire 200 and HDR software address this problem using a proprietary Long Burst Inteleaver. The software backbone of the system penetrates the aircraft’s rotor washes to bring high-speed data services to the helicopter.

It significantly improves data communications for the commercial helicopter market and critical missions such as search and rescue and oil and gas.

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