June 14 2023  |  Connectivity & Satellites

Kontron and ThinKom collaborate on Ka-band SATCOM antenna platform

By Alex Preston

ThinKom's ThinAir Ka2517 antenna combines with Kontron's ACE Flight 4783 dual modem MODMAN to deliver the ultimate in-flight connectivity performance and flexibility for airlines

Kontron has entered into a collaboration with ThinKom to demonstrate and make readily available a highly flexible Ka-band SATCOM solution to the avionics market.

The multi-modem architecture includes Kontron’s ACE Flight 4783 dual modem MODMAN server integrated with ThinKom’s ThinAir® Ka2517 phased-array satcom antenna system. Airlines and integrators can leverage the open architecture solution, which enables multi-orbit interoperability between GSO and NGSO satellites, to provide more coverage and become entirely network agnostic today, while being future-proofed for tomorrow.

Kontron’s AF4783 Dual Modem MODMAN combines server and networking-grade hardware with two satellite modems in a compact, ARINC 791/792 4MCU compliant system. To further enhance capabilities, the MODMAN can be expanded by integrating the Auxiliary Modem Unit (AMU) to support a third modem. This allows extra coverage options, such as another GEO modem or incorporating MEO or LEO connectivity for multi-orbit operations.

ThinKom’s high-throughput ThinAir Ka2517 antenna seamlessly operates with multiple modems and networks, to deliver robust, highly efficient satellite communications operating across multiple orbits, packaged in a low-profile footprint to minimize drag and save on fuel.

“We are committed to providing customers with the right building blocks to differentiate their offerings and gain a competitive advantage in the IFE&C market,” explained Tony Squeglia, Business Development Director at Kontron in a May 31 media release. “Our active involvement in the Seamless Air Alliance, coupled with organizations within the satellite connectivity market, like ThinKom, is paving the way for an open platform approach with future-proof capabilities.”

“ThinKom’s antennas are proven as the industry’s most reliable and efficient, and by partnering with Kontron, this complete system enables airlines and integrators to quickly deploy a network-agnostic solution that offers an array of modem combinations not only for today but also for tomorrow,” added Bill Milroy, CTO and Chairman at ThinKom.

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