Starling Offers In-Flight Wireless Options

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To back the surge for high-speed airborne internet access, Starling Advanced Communication announced it will present at the Aircraft Interiors Expo 2007 (held this week in Hamburg, Germany) "the world's fastest low-profile, fuselage mounted antenna," according to Net4now.com. The 16-inch-diameter by 4-inch-tall appendage is part of the MIJET series of antennas and designed as a bidirectional Ku-band antenna for business jets promising true broadband bit rates for their VIP passengers.

Technically, the antenna is based on what Starling calls "CoMPA" (Coherent Multi-Panel Antenna), which allows for both small size, plus transmission and reception at true broadband bit rates (up to 1.25 Mbps for transmission and 10-15 Mbps for reception), according to the company.