Optimizing Flight Safety for Aircraft of All Kinds

Both fixed­-wing and rotary aircraft currently use Ligado’s satellite network to navigate more precise routes and reliably connect to air­-to­-ground logistics. Our advanced satellite­-terrestrial network will expand these capabilities and introduce new ones that improve emergency response time, reduce operational downtime and enable improvements in telemetry and logistics to better serve flight and maintenance crews. Some of the many aviation applications that can be optimized with an advanced satellite-terrestrial network include location tracking, route optimization, passenger and freight identification, air­-to­-ground communications, fuel consumption and monitoring, and traffic detection and collision avoidance.

Improving Rotorcraft Communications

In partnership with ViaSat, the Ligado all­-IP satellite network powers voice, mobile data and Push-to-Talk communication for Metro Aviation’s medical rescue rotorcraft. An impressive 22-meter reflector allows the Ligado satellite to communicate with the onboard ViaSat AT2220 aviation terminal using Metro’s proprietary Integrated Risk Information System (IRIS) platform.

IRIS is the first commercial rotorcraft platform to use situational awareness technology, similar to that employed by the military. IRIS delivers uninterrupted connection with constant communication, real­-time flight tracking, in­-flight vehicle condition data, immediate alerts and warnings and Push­-to­-Talk communication. The always­-on high­-speed voice and data system ensures the utmost quality and safety.

Empowering Higher Quality Patient Care

New technology capabilities enabled by Ligado’s advanced network can support breakthroughs in the quality of in­-flight medical care. Custom-built ground deployments that augment Ligado’s one­-of­-a­-kind satellite network will dramatically increase in­-flight bandwidth, supporting expanded transmission of critical medical information to and from helicopters operating as air ambulances.

Sensitive patient data could be securely transmitted to the hospital’s medical team during flight. Potentially life­-saving data and patient assets, including live video, can be offloaded to terrestrial towers, while doctors on the ground will receive information in real-time to coordinate trauma specialists for surgical care or pre­-tests to be administered at the hospital.

As emergency response procedures evolve, so will Ligado’s advanced satellite-terrestrial network, opening new opportunities for companies to enable forward-looking IoT applications that will increase rotorcraft and patient safety, enhance logistics, improve maintenance and provide higher standards of quality of care.