Viasat, a satellite communications company, and the UK-based eVTOL startup Bellwether Industries announced the selection of Viasat’s Velaris satellite connectivity for the upcoming aircraft model, Oryx, officially unveiled today at Dubai Airshow 2023.
“Partnering closely with Viasat reflects Bellwether’s pledge to keep its development plan in high gear” according to the press release. “The two companies are in the midst of a two-phase test as part of Viasat’s Velaris Partner Network, with plans to include a test flight schedule at a commercial aerodrome later in the program. The engagement underscores the steadfast dedication to innovation and excellence that characterizes their partnership.
“The Velaris service provides secure satellite communications for commercial Urban Air Mobility vehicles, such as Bellwether’s Oryx, to seamlessly integrate with aircraft in commercial airspace. The 300g (0.6 lbs) multi-link terminal installed on the vehicle simultaneously connects to the Viasat network and LTE, enabling operators to access a wide variety of applications, such as real-time monitoring, to enable safe and secure airspace integration (including air traffic services and air traffic flow management).”
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