European Aviation Network Selected Gore's Vapor-Sealed Assemblies for Reliable Signal Transmission to Improve Wi-Fi Internet Access on Short-Haul Commercial Flights


PLEINFELD, Germany (April 9, 2018) – W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc. (Gore) is pleased to announce that GORE® Microwave/RF Assemblies, 7 Series has been selected for use in commercial aircraft to deliver continuous high-quality signals for improved Wi-Fi Internet access on European short-haul flights. The European Aviation Network (EAN) is a next-generation platform from Inmarsat, a mobile satellite communications provider, that offers a true in-flight broadband experience for millions of passengers traveling across Europe.

EAN is the first solution worldwide 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.

High-Quality Signal Transmission

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.

Gore's vapor-sealed 7 Series complement Gore’s wide variety of aerospace solutions — including coaxial and microwave/RF assemblies, high-speed data cables, aircraft sealants and more. Gore’s extensive collection of high-performance aerospace solutions will be on display at the Aircraft Interiors Expo in Hamburg, Germany on 10-12 April, Booth 2E60. For more information, visit gore.com/AIX2018 or contact a Gore applications specialist at [email protected].

About W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.

W. L. Gore & Associates is a global materials science company dedicated to transforming industries and improving lives. Founded in 1958, Gore has built a reputation for solving complex technical challenges in the most demanding environments — from revolutionizing the outerwear industry with GORE-TEX® fabric to creating medical devices that improve and save lives to enabling new levels of performance in the aerospace, pharmaceutical and mobile electronics markets, among other industries. The company is also known for its strong, team-oriented culture and continued recognition from the Great Place to Work® Institute. Headquartered in Newark, Del., Gore employs approximately 9,500 Associates and generates annual revenues that exceed $3 billion.

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