The Iridium Certus broadband service will provide aircraft with real-time, global connectivity for the aviation industry.
Rockwell Collins Commercial Aviation Services vice-president Michael DiGeorge said: “For our ARINCDirect business aviation operators, Iridium Certus will offer small form factor antennas and terminals which are ideal for operators of smaller aircraft requiring internet connectivity.
“For our airline and government customers, the Iridium Certus service will enable a variety of capabilities for cockpit safety, enhanced aircraft reporting, graphical weather, EFBs and other operational aircraft services.”
Iridium Certus intends to bring broadband functionality with quality service to the aviation industry.
The service will soon deliver the fastest L-band broadband speeds on the market with small form factor antennas, as well as terminals.
Using Certus high-gain antenna (HGA) solutions, Iridium will deliver data speed options of up to 704 Kbps, and eventually as high as nearly 1.4 Mbps following full Iridium NEXT deployment, with an antenna size of about 24 x 10 x 6cm.
The low-gain antenna (LGA) solutions will offer data speeds of up to 176 Kbps.
Iridium Aviation Line of Business director and general manager Michael Hooper said: “Adding Rockwell Collins as an Iridium Certus service provider is a major milestone for the programme.
“Like the services Rockwell Collins offers, Iridium Certus will support all areas of aircraft connectivity, from the flight deck to the cabin, regardless of location.”
Initial flight trials will be carried out later this year, with the introduction of Iridium Certus commercial service for aviation users expected in the middle of next year.