Super­nal and Inmarsat announced a part­ner­ship to define the appli­ca­tion of satel­lite con­nec­tiv­i­ty in advanced air mobil­i­ty (AAM). The com­pa­nies will con­duct test­ing and data shar­ing to opti­mise hard­ware and net­work sys­tems, which will lead to the safe and effi­cient inte­gra­tion of eVTOL vehi­cles into the air­space.

Dur­ing vehi­cle test­ing, Super­nal will con­nect its eVTOL to Inmarsat’s Velaris SATCOM ser­vice to assess capa­bil­i­ties such as air­craft state and teleme­try mon­i­tor­ing. Velaris builds on Inmarsat’s vast three-decade expe­ri­ence in air traf­fic man­age­ment com­mu­ni­ca­tions and is pow­ered by its high resilience ELERA glob­al satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions net­work.

“Super­nal is pleased to col­lab­o­rate with Inmarsat to test the fea­si­bil­i­ty of inte­grat­ing space-based and ter­res­tri­al data links to serve the Advanced Air Mobil­i­ty indus­try,” said Ben Diachun, Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer, Super­nal.

The part­ner­ship sig­ni­fies the impor­tance of high­ly reli­able and secure satel­lite com­mu­ni­ca­tions as part of the design and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion of eVTOL plat­forms.

“Inmarsat is excit­ed to be work­ing with Super­nal to lead the con­ver­sa­tion around con­nec­tiv­i­ty and com­mu­ni­ca­tions for UAV, eVTOL and UAM vehi­cles,” said Joel Kloost­er, Senior Vice Pres­i­dent of Air­craft Oper­a­tions and Safe­ty, Inmarsat Avi­a­tion.

“We can deliv­er the safe­ty ser­vices required to allow these vehi­cles to fly Beyond Visu­al Line of Sight (BVLOS) oper­a­tions and con­tin­u­al­ly improve the cus­tomer expe­ri­ence.”

Super­nal, which is part of Hyundai Motor Group, will work with Inmarsat as part of its “open ecosys­tem” approach to address­ing emerg­ing tech­nol­o­gy needs of AAM. Super­nal is a US-based mobil­i­ty ser­vice provider devel­op­ing an AAM eVTOL vehi­cle and work­ing to respon­si­bly co-cre­ate the sup­port­ing ecosys­tem and inte­grate it into exist­ing tran­sit options.

In March, Heron Air­Bridge joined Inmarsat’s Velaris Part­ner Net­work to devel­op reg­u­la­to­ry and oper­a­tional frame­works and tech­nolo­gies for safe­ly man­ag­ing drones in urban envi­ron­ments and com­plex air­spaces.