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ThinKom Solutions and SES expand collaboration to offer multi-orbit service capabilities

ThinKom Solutions, Inc. and SES continue to expand their integrated satellite communications capabilities, successfully demonstrating advanced multi-orbit services.

The end-to-end service includes SES’s satellites in MEO and GEO orbits, accessed through ThinKom’s Ka-band terminals, notably the ThinAir Ka2517, to establish industry-leading performance and multi-orbit resiliency. Beyond the performance boost delivered for commercial and government customers, the service also showcases diversity of constellations which is especially important for critical mission success in contested environments.

ThinKom’s terminal architecture is able to operate independent transmit and receive beams, allowing the simultaneous use of both GEO and MEO satellites. This hybrid constellation optimizes satellite resource capacity and reduces round-trip latency. Utilizing the patented VICTS phased-array technology, ThinKom’s ThinAir and GT terminals ensure unparalleled spectral efficiency and reliability, proven over more than 40 million operating hours.

“We are always pushing the envelope on satellite connectivity,” explains Bill Milroy, ThinKom Chief Technology Officer. “Our partnership with SES shows that multi-orbit, high-performance satellite communications is a reality today, unlocking new options for inflight connectivity for both commercial aviation and government airborne missions.”

“Our open network multi-waveform architecture delivers the best multi-orbit coverage and capacity in the industry,” adds Aditya Chatterjee, SVP Product Management of Aviation at SES. “Bringing ThinKom’s antenna technology into the multi-orbit ecosystem unlocks the value of full access to real-time information and applications.”

SES and ThinKom plan to complete additional certifications throughout the next months. ThinKom also plans to type certify both the Ka2517 and Ka1717 terminals for operation on the hybrid network.

ThinKom will be exhibiting at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition in Washington, D.C. from March 18-21, 2024 (booth #2333). Click here to schedule a meeting.

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