JetBlue Airways subsidiary LiveTV has awarded a contract of more than $10 million to General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
Under the deal, General Dynamics will develop and produce tri-band radomes to support LiveTV's on-board entertainment and communication systems for commercial airlines.
Radomes are structural, weatherproof enclosures designed to be transparent to micro or radio waves while protecting antenna or electronic surfaces from the elements.
"General Dynamics' tri-band radomes will help increase the performance of LiveTV's entertainment system, giving commercial airline passengers more connectivity than any other communication system currently available," says Jim Losse, vice president and general manager of advanced materials for General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products.
Development work on the LiveTV radomes will begin immediately, while production work is expected to start later this year, and will be conducted at the General Dynamics facility in Marion, Virginia.
LiveTV is a provider of live in-flight entertainment to commercial airlines such as JetBlue, United, Frontier, Azul, Virgin Australia and Alitalia.
Their "at home in the air" entertainment system allows passengers to enjoy live satellite TV, listen to XM radio and stay connected at true broadband internet speeds.
Additionally, LiveTV's data link system allows the aircraft to utilize local area networks to connect an aircraft's video display, giving pilots the ability to stay aware of all activity on the aircraft behind them.