With APT Mobile deal, Panasonic Avionics says extreme-HTS satellite plans are still alive

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — In-flight-connectivity/entertainment provider Panasonic Avionics, whose plans for a super-high-throughput (XTS) satellite network in geostationary orbit had gone silent in recent months, on March 8 said the XTS service would debut on APT Satellite’s Apstar 6D, to launch in 2019.

Panasonic will apparently be the principal user of Apstar 6D capacity. The company said it and APT Satellite Holdings had jointly designed the satellite, now under construction by China Great Wall Industry Corp. (CGWIC). In response to queries, Panasonic said it was "the anchor tenant with multiple . . .

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