Gogo Business Aviation reports that its global Low Earth Orbit (LEO) broadband service has gained momentum, with “significant programme achievements” by Gogo and its strategic partners, OneWeb and Hughes Network Systems.
Gogo’s LEO satellite network provider, OneWeb, completed the launch of its LEO constellation at the end of March, which now has more than 588 satellites in orbit and is expected to be operational and aero-ready in the first quarter of 2024, with Gogo’s global broadband service coming online in the second half of 2024.
Gogo and its antenna provider, Hughes, completed the preliminary design review of Gogo’s exclusive electronically steerable antenna (ESA) assembly in February, bringing Gogo closer to realising its vision of delivering an “order of magnitude” improvement in inflight connectivity performance for all sizes of aircraft around the globe, many of which have no viable broadband solution today.
“Because we have strong partners in OneWeb and Hughes we’re ahead of schedule, and we continue to make tremendous progress on the development of the system components,” said Sergio Aguirre, Gogo’s president and chief operating officer. “Gogo’s global broadband service will deliver best-in-class global performance that is faster, smaller, more affordable, and easier to install than other global satellite solutions.”
Customers interested in using Gogo’s LEO and ESA technology can pre-provision their aircraft now by installing an AVANCE system, and once Gogo global broadband launches, they will only need to add the antenna.