A team led by Rockwell Collins (Stand A1011) is about to test a satellite-based graphical weather information service in Asia.

Two American Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft will be equipped with satellite receivers and laptop computers to display the graphical weather data. When flying routes to Japan, the aircraft will receive strategic weather maps transmitted via the WorldSpace's Asiastar satellite.


The US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is sponsoring the tests.

The maps, produced by Jeppesen, will be received by Collins Integrated Information System (I2S) and hourly updates will be available. Flight tests are scheduled to begin in May and conclude in November.

The Asiastar satellite is the second in a series of three satellites to test strategic weather capabilities. Last year, a Cessna 182 received weather data from Afristar while flying over South Africa.

Source: Flight Daily News