Today we are excited to announce that we have received the first of two STCs from the FAA that will be required for our 2Ku next generation satellite connectivity service. The initial certification will allow us to conduct flight tests on our own 737-500 flying lab. We will begin testing with one antenna and expect to add a second antenna in June. We expect to obtain the second required STC, and launch commercial service of our 2Ku technology, later this year.
Video: Installation of our next generation satellite equipment on our test plane N321GG “Jimmy Ray”.
“This is a crucial step towards bringing Gogo’s 2Ku service to market later this year,” said Anand Chari, Gogo’s chief technology officer. “We now have FCC approval and FAA approval for the radome, antenna and avionics equipment.”
2Ku, Gogo’s next generation satellite technology, is expected to deliver peak speeds of more than 70 Mbps to the aircraft, which is more than 20 times the bandwidth provided by Gogo’s first generation Air to Ground solution in the U.S. Gogo expects the technology to be the best performing technology in the market in terms of coverage, cost, capacity and reliability.