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EMS unveils new high-gain antenna

6th October 2008 - 01:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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INMARSAT aeronautical satcoms manufacturer EMS Satcom of Ottawa introduced a new high-gain antenna at the NBAA show in Orlando, Florida, today. Designed to optimise the delivery of the 432kbit/sec-per-channel SwiftBroadband service to the aircraft, the tail-mounted, mechanically steered AMT-700 is the successor to the company’s successful AMT-50, which has completed millions of flight hours on more than 1,400 aircraft.

“AMT-700 builds on more than 15 years of field experience with the AMT-50,” says John Broughton, VP of product development at EMS Satcom. “It incorporates several technological advances originally initially brought to market in our AMT-3800 phased-array product and now being applied to maximise SwiftBroadband data throughput and system capacity.”

Weighing less than five pounds and also more compact and higher-performing than its predecessor, the new antenna is aimed at smaller business aircraft like Cessna’s newly announced Citation Columbus. With its lower power consumption, higher gain (>13.5dB) and a small footprint, it is specifically designed to meet or exceed SwiftBroadband requirements. AMT-700 is due to be commercially available from next May.

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