Panasonic Avionics Corporation (Panasonic) and APT Mobile Satcom (Apsatcom) have partnered to jointly provide connectivity for mobility markets. Panasonic and Apsatcom have introduced their ‘Extreme Throughput Satellite’ (XTS) service based on the Apstar-6D satellite. The new satellite, Apstar-6D, was jointly designed by Apsatcom and Panasonic to serve Panasonic’s connectivity customers. APT has provided technical support in design and project management, and will provide satellite operation after launch. The Apstar-6D satellite is tailored to put capacity where it is most needed, rather than spread evenly over the Earth. This XTS satellite is designed to provide Panasonic customers with multiple gigahertz of new Ku-band capacity over China and high-density routes around East Asia including Tokyo, Seoul, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore and Indonesia using narrow XTS spot beams.
In addition, Apstar-6D provides HTS coverage over the full field of view of the satellite including the Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, Australia and the Southern Oceans down to Antarctica. This includes areas not served by any other HTS satellite. One of the markets to benefit the most from XTS service is air transport. According to Panasonic, 21 Asian carriers, representing over 800 aircraft, have already selected Panasonic for connectivity service, including regional airlines Air China, All Nippon Airways, Cathay Pacific Airways, China Airlines, China Eastern, China Southern, EVA Air, Garuda Indonesia, Hainan Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Japan Airlines, Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways and Xiamen Airlines.