Gore’s vapor-sealed assemblies to improve Wi-Fi Internet access on commercial flights

April 10, 2018 // By Jean-Pierre Joosting
W. L. Gore & Associates has announced that the European Aviation Network (EAN) has selected the 7-Series GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies for use in commercial aircraft to deliver continuous high-quality signals for improved Wi-Fi Internet access on European short-haul flights.

EAN is the first global system to combine high-capacity satellite coverage from Inmarsat and a 4G LTE ground network from Deutsche Telekom to provide high-speed connectivity across all 28 EU states, plus Switzerland and Norway. The cellular network uses 300 LTE towers that pair with Ka-Band, Ku-Band and S-Band satellites to supply Internet connectivity to aircraft at high data rates. Passengers will benefit from this integrated approach by getting the speed that a ground network can deliver and the continual coverage that only a satellite can provide.

However, data transmission between satellites, ground towers and commercial aircraft must work seamlessly for this approach to be successful. When it comes to high-quality signal transmission, Gore’s vapor-sealed assemblies reliably connect the antenna located on the underside of the aircraft to the transceivers located on the ground.

GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series are engineered specifically to prevent the ingress of water vapor, jet fuel and harsh contaminants that naturally flow to the lowest point in the fuselage where the antenna is located. They provide outstanding shielding effectiveness against electromagnetic interference that can compromise signal integrity and reduce the quality of signal transmission. These robust assemblies routinely maintain low insertion loss, low return loss, and excellent phase stability for superior electrical performance over the aircraft's lifetime.



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