Gogo readies for North American launch of next generation in-flight Internet technology
Sep 13, 2013 (AIRLINE INDUSTRY INFORMATION via COMTEX) --
Illinois USA-based in-flight connectivity firm Gogo (NASDAQ: GOGO) said it is launching the next step in its wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions technology roadmap that will be capable of delivering more than 60 Mbps to the aircraft.
According to Gogo, the new service, called Gogo GTO, or Ground to Orbit is a proprietary hybrid technology that combines the best aspects of existing satellite technologies with Gogo's Air to Ground cellular network.
The technology will use satellite for receive only (transmission to the plane) and Gogo's Air to Ground network for the return link (transmission to the ground). Virgin America will be the launch partner of the new service, which is expected to be available in the second half of 2014.
Gogo will be utilizing a Ku antenna developed specifically for receive only functionality. The advantages of using satellite for reception only and Gogo's ATG Network for the return link are unprecedented. Existing two-way satellite antennas in the commercial aviation market have limited power for transmissions so they don't interfere with other satellites.
The firm said that this dynamic makes the connection from the aircraft to the ground using two-way satellite an inefficient and expensive return link compared to Gogo's ATG Network.
Gogo's receive only antenna will be two times more spectrally efficient and half the height of other antennas in the commercial aviation market. The low profile of the antenna will result in much less drag and therefore fuel burn on the aircraft and, ultimately, greater operational efficiencies for airlines.
The firm's new satellite antenna can also leverage a number of current Ku band satellites as well as future Ku band satellites, including spot beam Ku satellites. This enables Gogo to take advantage of new Ku satellite technologies as they become available without having to install a new antenna.
Gogo said that the ability to use multiple satellites avoids reliance on a single satellite and provides a more robust and reliable network for airline partners and our end users. The system is also backed up by Gogo's Air to Ground network, which gives the service significant advantages in terms of resiliency.
The firm said it will seek FAA approval for the new service in the 2014. Because the antenna is receive only, the company doesn't believe there is any additional FCC licensing needed for the new antenna.
Find out more at www.gogoair.com.
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