The company has received the final Supplemental Type Certificate (STC) from the FAA, enabling it to proceed with plans to launch its 2Ku next generation satellite system. This is expected to deliver peak connectivity speeds of more than 70 mbps to aircraft – more than 20 times the bandwidth provided by Gogo’s first generation solution.
“This is a significant milestone for Gogo and a seminal event for in-flight internet,” said Gogo’s chief technology officer, Anand Chari. “We believe this will be the best performing technology for the global commercial aviation market, bar none.
“Clearing this regulatory hurdle brings us one step closer to enabling our airline partners and their passengers to enjoy the future of in-flight internet,” he added.
The 2Ku technology is currently installed on a Boeing 737 test aircraft and is now cleared for in-flight testing. Gogo expects to launch the service commercially later this year.
While the FAA clearance currently only applies in the US, many other countries follow the FAA’s lead when implementing their own aviation regulations.