Better Wi-Fi service on board Falcon jets

Categorie(s) : Industry, News, Research

Published : 5 February 2018

Making sure that the Wi-Fi on board a Falcon jet is working properly before the jet is delivered can be a challenge. Keeping one of the corporate jets on the ground just to check the network is a hard business decision to justify. Researchers at Leti took physical measurements on board one of the jets to create a statistical model of the radiofrequency propagation channel. They then worked in 100% virtual mode using a propagation channel emulator purchased with the support of IRT Nanoelec and configured using the model. Dassault Aviation, the Falcon’s manufacturer, was able to assess the new method for ensuring optimal Wi-Fi on board its jets. The method can be used for any type of plane to test the Wi-Fi network quality offered to passengers at the cabin design stage—and without grounding the aircraft.

Contact: lionel.rudant@cea.fr

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