GateHopper is responding to the growing demand for wireless data-transmission of e.g. cockpit flight data or entertainment system content. Data transfer is limited by both practical and safety concerns when the airplane is airborne so the bulk of data transmission must take place during the short on-ground window and thus requiring extremely high transfer speeds. The technology behind the GateHopper-platform will be built on Free Space Optics (FSO), offering an optical wireless alternative to optical fibre with the ability to support high capacity data communication.
With the support from Eurostars the consortium will achieve a groundbreaking new product whose progress to maturity will be considered a major breakthrough within high capacity data communication. Throughout the Eurostars project, the complete data link will be developed and extensive real performance tests will be executed together with a large European aviation company.