Gogo Business Aviation (NASDAQ: GOGO) has announced that it will launch the first global broadband service for business aviation using an electronically steered antenna (ESA) on a low earth orbit (LEO) satellite network.
Gogo’s exclusive antenna assembly, developed in partnership with Hughes Network Systems, LLC (Hughes), will be small enough to be installed on the fuselage of business aircraft ranging from super light jets to large turboprops to ultra long-range jets, and will utilize OneWeb’s high-speed, low-latency global broadband network.
The new service will only require one Gogo AVANCE LRU to connect to the network, so existing AVANCE customers will only need to install the ESA antenna with a single wire for power and data out.
“This will be a fast and economical broadband system that will enable best-in-class worldwide performance on the broadest variety of business aviation aircraft. Regardless matter where they fly or what size aircraft they fly, we want to provide everyone in business aviation with a great internet experience.”Sergio Aguirre, president and top operating officer of Gogo Business Aviation.
The OneWeb network will offer performance comparable to terrestrial broadband services and game-changing low latency that is significantly lower than geostationary satellites (GEOs). A large number of users will be able to simultaneously engage in data-intensive interactive online activities, such as holding live video conferences, accessing cloud solutions such as Office365, watching live TV, and using streaming video applications such as TikTok.
“Our partnership with Gogo Business Aviation represents a significant step forward in business aviation connectivity. By using the capabilities of our LEO constellation to deliver powerful, consistent, and dependable global coverage, OneWeb and Gogo will be able to provide business jet operators and passengers around the world with an unrivaled experience.”Ben Griffin, vice president of OneWeb Mobility.
The LEO constellation of OneWeb is fully funded, with 648 satellites planned and 428 already launched.
“The world has been waiting for a high-performance, cost-effective flat panel antenna solution to realize the worldwide, high-speed, low-latency promise of LEO satellite broadband, and Hughes has delivered. Gogo’s decision to go with the Hughes ESA solution demonstrates our engineering prowess and demonstrates the significance of OneWeb’s worldwide capability for high-speed, in-flight internet everywhere on the planet.”Reza Rasoulian, Hughes’ vice president.
In contrast to GEO alternatives, Gogo’s LEO service will consist of a single fuselage-mounted unit with an integrated antenna, modem, power supply, and RF converter; it will only require 28 volts of DC power; it will not rely on aircraft-positioning data; and it will be equipped with an AVANCE router.
“By streamlining the installation, we were able to cut expenditures. We’ve long provided airplane owners in North America with inexpensive, high-quality connection and award-winning customer service, and now we want to provide those same benefits to all aircraft owners across the world.”Sergio Aguirre, president and top operating officer of Gogo Business Aviation.
The unique multi-bearer feature of the AVANCE platform will enable Gogo to combine capacity from OneWeb’s LEO satellite network with Gogo’s ATG network to provide even more capacity than LEO alone can for clients in North America with an AVANCE L3 or L5 system.
After the complete launch and commercial availability of the OneWeb network, the Gogo internet service for business aviation will be made available.
Gogo’s network of 118 authorized dealers, including 24 outside the United States, will provide global customer service to Gogo’s over 1000 non-US narrowband satellite customers, who now operate in 83 countries worldwide.
Source: PR News Wire