The tests of a satellite telecommunication system that will allow the secure and high-quality connection to the Internet inside the planes are in the final phase.
For various reasons, airline passengers cannot use their mobile phones; and at the same time, the Internet connection is not easy and widely available. But the cooperation of the aerospace giant Airbus with the Dutch Applied Scientific Research Organization (NOASCR) will soon provide a solution to this issue. This collaboration has resulted in a satellite telecommunications system called “UltraAir” that uses lasers to transmit data.
This system will replace radio frequency transmission systems that are not efficient for aerial use. “UltraAir” technology will be used by the European Space Agency in its own secure communication system, using a laser beam, called “ScyLight”. A representative of the European Space Agency announced that in a few months a major test of “UltraAir” will take place in Germany and —if all goes well— by mid-2022 the system will be available to airlines to provide secure and fast Internet connections to passengers.
“UltraAir” will also be able to create a “battle cloud”, as its creators describe it. It will allow the safe transmission of data from “drones” to warplanes in the air.
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