Satellite technology is getting ready to make your next airplane flight a whole lot better.
Once a luxury experience for the well-heeled, airplane travel has become a regular part of life for most of us, at least in the affluent parts of the world. In 2015, people took 3.4 billion airplane trips, up 700% from only 432 million in 1975. People in high-income countries accounted for two out of every three trips.
Affordable air travel is good. Not so good are long, boring flights packed too tight with too little to do, but it isn’t easy to bring high-quality broadband to an airplane in flight. Planes travel so fast that they need to frequently cross between different satellite beams. The high speeds can also distort the data they receive.
Panasonic Avionics Corporation is one of the world’s leading providers of in-flight entertainment (IFE) and - connectivity (IFC). Panasonic is overcoming these challenges with the help of Newtec. Together, we are delivering dramatically faster broadband solutions, without interruptions between satellite beams. Special software predicts and corrects in advance for distortions to the data caused by speed. You can even watch live TV programs at the same time, from sports to news, over oceans as well as land.
If you want to read more on IFC & IFE, read the full article on "How Satellite Brings You a Better Flight" on SSPI's (Space & Satellite Professionals International) website or download the article as a PDF.