Last week Panasonic Avionics finally confirmed low earth orbit constellations are officially part of its product road map, in partnership with OneWeb. This week at the APEX EXPO conference in Long Beach, California the company is offering up additional details on how the new capacity will fit into its offerings, and how it expects planes will be connected to the new satellites.
The company’s plans for an antenna solution are neither surprising nor particularly hidden. A mockup of the LEO/GEO Stellar Blu ESA solution is on display in the booth (confirming a PaxEx Premium tip from last week). Which is no guarantee that it will be the only option for airlines going forward, but it is the default for now, according to VP Connectivity Solutions John Wade.
Today if you want to buy a terminal [for OneWeb connectivity], you buy from Stellar Blu. We’re doing testing to gain the confidence it will work and be reliable.– John Wade, VP Connectivity Solutions, Panasonic Avionics Corporation
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