21 Mar 2019

New software plans to improve helicopter communications

Two Denmark-based companies have announced software that will improve the quality of helicopter communications.

Cobham Aerospace and Inmarsat Communications have launched their SB-Helo X-Streamtm  helicopter communications software which will be freely available for Cobham AVIATOR SP systems. The SatCom solution will improve the quality of data transmission and live satellite feeds in military operations.

Rotary wings often cause disruption in live feeds. The new software will help in military operations but also in search and rescue missions and medical evacuation, allowing batter assessment of locations from above.

Todd McDonnell, President of Global Government at Inmarsat, said: “We are very happy to announce the availability of the SB-Helo X-Stream, an enhancement of the Inmarsat X-Stream service that meets the needs of this growing sector of the government market in an efficient and cost-effective way.”

“Having worked with Cobham in the development of this new protocol, we are very pleased with the results we have seen from the trials and foresee that this cost-effective solution will be greatly sought after in the growing government helo market.”

The software has been thoroughly tested and should improve the quality of data and video streams by 37%. It will be a much-needed boost for remote-operated helicopters streaming data live.

The development comes from a protocol in the network Quality of Service (QoS) selection which is an enhancement of Inmarsat’s Swiftbroadband X-Streamtm service allowing data to be transmitted through Inmarsat’s satellite network. The software guarantees high quality on-demand streaming over its L-band network.

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