Aviation broadband connectivity provider, Gogo, has announced a capacity agreement on the Amazonas Nexus satellite operated by Hispasat. The deal sees Gogo lease multi-gigahertz of Ku-band capacity onboard Hispasat’s new satellite, set to launch in the second half of 2022, to provide service to its customers in the Americas and the Atlantic region. According to the companies, Hispasat and Gogo worked closely to optimise the satellite design to provide high performance and capacity for inflight connectivity operations.
Amazonas Nexus is a High Throughput Satellite (HTS) that will replace the Amazonas 2 satellite in the 61º West position. The new satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space, will have a payload dedicated to aero connectivity and will offer additional capacities oriented to vertical segments like mobile connectivity, corporate communications and cellular network deployment. Amazonas Nexus will feature an advanced Digital Transparent Processor (DTP), a technology that Hispasat says will “substantially increase” satellite flexibility when dealing with changes in demand.
“Amazonas Nexus will significantly enhance our Ku network over the Americas and the Atlantic region, providing Gogo with scaled capacity at the right economics,” said Oakleigh Thorne, president and CEO of Gogo.
“The inflight connectivity market is a growing segment for satellite capacity, and this is one of the foundational elements for Hispasat’s future growth,” added Miguel Ángel Panduro, CEO of Hispasat.