Inmarsats SwiftBroadband Successfully Supports General Atomics Transatlantic Test Flight

Government, the leading provider of global mobile satellite
communications and managed network services to the U.S. government,
today announced it has successfully supported General Atomics
Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA ASI) in the trans-Atlantic flight test
with Inmarsat’s L-band service, SwiftBroadband, delivering resilient,
seamless, redundant connectivity throughout the duration of the journey.

The trans-Atlantic flight test was the first-ever transatlantic flight
of a Medium Altitude, Long Endurance (MALE) Remotely Piloted Aircraft
(RPA). GA ASI-owned MQ-9B SkyGuardian™ RPA flew from the
company’s Flight Test and Training Center in Grand Forks, North Dakota,
USA, to the Royal Air Force (RAF) Fairford base in Gloucestershire, UK.

SwiftBroadband operates over the Inmarsat-4 (I-4) satellite
constellation, covering all major aviation routes, and every hidden
island getaway therein, worldwide. With this always available global
coverage, it eliminates the need for forward deployed ground
infrastructure for command and control as well as take-off and landing
operations, an option that is not commonly available for traditional RPA

During the remotely piloted flight, SwiftBroadband delivered seamless,
worldwide coverage across multiple spot beams and satellites, ensuring
no gaps in coverage and performance. The service also provided full
flexibility in route selection for the long endurance flight, while
supporting mission-critical and time-sensitive data applications to
include imagery and video. SwiftBroadband enabled full command and
control of the RPA, delivering 100% control and visibility for the
entire flight.

“Inmarsat is proud to have been part of this historical endeavour with
General Atomics. Our history of commitment to safety services drives our
global mobility-centric strategy, unique in the market. As a result, the
trans-Atlantic flight test benefited from reliable and uniform worldwide
seamless coverage, flexibility, resilience and security, ensuring
success of the RPA’s mission,” said Kai Tang, Chief Commercial Officer,
Inmarsat Government.

In use today on multiple platforms and missions, government and
commercial operations are using Inmarsat’s reliable, worldwide L-band
space and ground network through Inmarsat type approved antennas (as
small as 5 inches) at unprecedented data rates (as high as 10Mbps x
10Mbps), built for manned and unmanned aeronautical platforms. These
solutions provide users unparalleled coverage and performance for their
aeronautical connectivity needs, while retaining the ease of use,
reliability and low cost of ownership provided by Inmarsat’s global

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About Inmarsat Government

The U.S. government has relied on and trusted Inmarsat satellite
services since 1979. Inmarsat Government continues to deliver the
world’s most advanced global, mobile satellite communication services to
U.S. defense, intelligence, homeland security, public safety and
civilian agencies, with highly reliable, secure and affordable
connectivity. Built with government users in mind, Inmarsat Government
provides resilient, flexible capabilities to augment government
satellite resources, anytime, anywhere. Leveraging an industry-leading
scalable multiband network infrastructure, Inmarsat Government offers a
suite of managed network services and end-to-end communication solutions
to support users on land, at sea and in the air, even in the world’s
most remote regions. Headquartered in Reston, VA, Inmarsat Government is
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Inmarsat plc. For more information, please

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