Gogo’s upcoming satellite service has a new name. Now branded Galileo, the company also expanded the antenna options, enabling even higher speeds on larger business jets.
With the introduction of the FDX antenna, our AVANCE platform now offers a complete portfolio of North American air-to-ground (ATG) and global LEO products to meet the unique needs of each segment of the business aviation market. – Sergio Aguirre, Gogo’s president and chief operating officer
The new FDX (full duplex) antenna delivers a boost in performance over the previously announced HDX (half duplex) option. It is a larger kit, essentially a doubling of the panel from the HDX version. Where the aircraft can support the additional hardware the increased speeds are a welcome advance.
Both antenna systems are being developed in close partnership with Hughes Network Systems. Hughes will manufacture the hardware.
Gogo announced Hughes as its exclusive partner for the antenna systems in 2022. That exclusivity covers a 10 year term and includes a commitment from Gogo to purchase $170 million in hardware and support services over the first seven years of the deal.
“We’re proud to support Gogo as they continue to enhance their world-class inflight broadband system for business aviation,” said Reza Rasoulian, vice president, Hughes. “Thanks to the dynamic partnership between Gogo and Hughes, combined with our engineering expertise and close collaboration with OneWeb, Gogo Business Aviation customers will soon realize an unmatched LEO connectivity experience worldwide.”
The service, which will operate over OneWeb‘s LEO constellation, is expected to be available in late 2024 or early 2025. This timing accounts for aviation services on the OneWeb network as well as certification of the hardware. The satellite operator recently completed the launches for its first generation constellation.
More on Gogo’s LEO plans:
- Making the Business (Aviation) case for LEO at Gogo
- Gogo grabs Hughes ESA exclusivity for BizAv OneWeb service
- Gogo, OneWeb team for BizAv satellite service
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