The first important demonstration of
the Wireless Cabin project took place in
At this point of time the system was
able to demonstrate a call from a GSM mobile to a fixed terrestrial telephone
via a satellite link and possibly use the rest of the bandwidth for e-mails and
web browsing via Wireless LAN. A representation of the
architecture of the system as it was presented at the WAEA meeting in
Figure 1 WirelessCabin demonstrator architecture in November 2003
May 2004: ILA air show in
After this first event on WAEA, the major work was put on enhancing the demonstrator in terms of stability and functionality.
Therefore in January and March 2004, two Implementation Meetings of the WirelessCabin demonstrator team took place at DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen. During these two weeks, the different parts of the software and hardware from the various consortium partners were integrated into the system. The final layout of the network was decided then and implemented.
The improved and extended version of
the set-up was then demonstrated on the ILA air show in
August 2004: Ground Tests at Airbus (
The final ground tests were carried
After a few problems, all scenarios were carried out successfully, including a W-LAN connection to the telemedicine equipment which was fully included in the Demonstrator for the first time. This section was the last opportunity to update all the scenarios’ checklists for the test flight due early September.
September 2004: Test Flight
at Airbus (
As highlight of the demonstrator
development and integration, a test flight was carried out with the complete WirelessCabin demonstrator set-up. The test flight lasted
about 2,5 hours and was conducted from
The trial was quite successful, and the only major problem was the satellite connection which was lost for a short period of time. But after all, during the given time all major scenarios described in Deliverables D15 and detailed in D19 could be successfully conducted: GSM phone calls to and from ground, calls with H.323 clients to and from ground, streaming audio content from onboard and from ground and streaming onboard video content to notebooks and PDAs, Telemedicine demonstration, etc.