24.02.22 / Cabin and cockpit connectivity

Distribution Partner Agreement with OneWeb

Companies collaborate to deliver fibre-like broadband airtime service and hardware-systems certifications to address a variety of government aircraft missions.

PARIS & LONDON • 24 February 2022

Eclipse Global Connectivity (“Eclipse”) is now an authorized OneWeb Distribution Partner (DP), following a signed agreement late last year. Through the partnership, Eclipse will offer new low-latency, fibre-like airtime services, hardware systems and certifications to government aircraft across Europe, the Middle East and Asia (EMEA) to facilitate a broad range of operational and mission goals.

“Our dedication to delivering airborne satellite communications solutions tailored to enable a wide range of government and military missions spans more than two-and-a-half decades,” said Marc Pinault, Eclipse Global Connectivity CEO. “The Eclipse team is incredibly enthusiastic about our new partnership with OneWeb. This new cost-effective, high-speed service promises a secure, innovative solution for government, military and civilian airborne communication needs.”

The five-year agreement is an outstanding opportunity for the two companies to collaborate on comprehensive solutions. Beyond their Distribution Partner role, Eclipse brings expertise in aero launch readiness and Eclipse Technics, the company’s Design and Production (DOA / POA) division offers hardware-solution integration, Supplemental Type Certificates (STC) and installation kits which may support OneWeb’s selected hardware. Network latency has historically affected other high-bandwidth geosynchronous (GEO) satellite networks. OneWeb’s connectivity platform is supported by a network of Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites, gateways and user terminals to provide low-latency, high-bandwidth service.

The initial focus is on providing innovative solutions for global-reach command and control, and manned and unmanned airborne ISR missions. The low-latency service will seamlessly enable combat cloud and applications like video transmission and cryptographic device synchronisation. Additionally, native Office365 applications such as Teams and SharePoint, typically used onboard Head of State aircraft, will also experience improved performance. The scope can eventually expand to other market segments, such as business and commercial aviation.

“Eclipse and OneWeb share the vision of providing ingenious connectivity solutions to aircraft operators worldwide,” said OneWeb Head of Government Business Line, Dylan Browne. “Their lengthy and solid history of delivering complete solutions addressing the complex SATCOM requirements of government, military and Head of State operators makes Eclipse an optimal partner for us. It is one of the many reasons we are thrilled to have the Eclipse team onboard.”

About Eclipse Global Connectivity

Eclipse Global Connectivity is an airborne-connectivity system-integration expert. Decades of experience and a rigorous understanding of satellite communications (SATCOM) infrastructure and the aircraft ecosystem ensure the delivery of innovative communication solutions. Government, military, business and commercial aircraft operators rely on Eclipse and engineering division Eclipse Technics for solutions that help them accomplish operational and business goals. Operators trust the company for its full range of services, including engineering and system design, aircraft SATCOM hardware manufacturing, selection and provisioning, innovative software applications, satellite airtime, Supplemental Type Certificates and installation kits, and operational support. Established in 1996, with its headquarters in the Paris, France area, Eclipse offers flexible, bespoke solutions that meet requirements, are certified and maintain safety.
Visit www.eclipseglobalconnectivity.com to learn more.

About OneWeb

OneWeb is a global communications network powered from space, headquartered in London, enabling connectivity for governments, businesses, and communities. It is implementing a constellation of Low Earth Orbit satellites with a network of global gateway stations and a range of user terminals to provide an affordable, fast, high-bandwidth and low-latency communications service, connected to the IoT future and a pathway to 5G for everyone, everywhere.
Find out more at http://www.oneweb.world