Gogo Faster

Gogo is to trial a new inflight internet service with seven airlines after receiving an STC from the FAA. The 2Ku service has a claimed peak speed of 70MB/s, and is currently installed on the company’s 737-500 test aircraft.

<p>Gogo is to trial a new inflight internet service with seven airlines after receiving an STC from the FAA. The 2Ku service has a claimed peak speed of 70MB/s, and is currently installed on the company’s 737-500 test aircraft. Chicago-based Gogo expects to launch commercial service later this year and begin installation on a backlog of 500 aircraft in 2016.<p>The 2Ku system uses 4.5-inch tall mechanically-phased-array antennas. Rather than physically pointing toward the target satellite, these antennas create a beam in the desired direction by rotating a series of internal plates. As the antennas are symmetrical by design, this results in a symmetrical beam.</p>

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