Global Eagle/Gilat demonstrate broadband connectivity via LEO

Gilat Satellite Networks has announced what it claims is the first-ever demonstration of an in-flight aircraft communicating at broadband speeds with a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite system.

This industry milestone was achieved using Global Eagle’s “Albatross One” test aircraft with Gilat’s aero modem and Telesat’s Phase 1 LEO satellite, launched earlier this year.

It says the testing included a successful demonstration of seamless connectivity and switch over between Telesat’s geostationary orbit (GEO) and LEO satellites.

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