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Hughes ESA to Power Gogo’s Global LEO Broadband Service for Business Aviation

Gogo press event at EBACE

During the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE) conference in Geneva, May 23-25, Gogo announced its new LEO global broadband service – the first in business aviation. Gogo is bringing the full in-flight internet experience to business aviation using ESA technology from Hughes with OneWeb’s LEO satellite network. Business jet customers that already use Gogo’s AVANCE platform will be able to take advantage of the LEO service simply by installing the ESA – with just two cables.

At SATELLITE 2022, Hughes unveiled a prototype of its groundbreaking, electronically steerable antenna (ESA), designed for the OneWeb low earth orbit (LEO) constellation. During the demonstration, John Corrigan, senior vice president of engineering, showed how the sleek antenna connects within seconds and smoothly hands off the signal from one orbiting satellite to the next for streaming 4K video, browsing websites and delivering a quick and smooth connected experience. Now, Gogo Business Aviation is the first customer to contract with Hughes for the ESA, which one reporter called, “a cool new flat-panel antenna.”

“The world has been waiting for a high performance, cost-effective, flat panel antenna solution to realize the global, high-speed, low-latency promise of LEO satellite broadband – and Hughes has delivered,” said Reza Rasoulian, vice president, Hughes. “Gogo’s selection of the Hughes ESA solution affirms our engineering excellence and unlocks the value of OneWeb’s global capacity for high-speed, inflight broadband anywhere on the planet.”

Flat Panel Antenna
Hughes electronically steerable flat panel antenna.

Once Gogo’s service is available, everyone in business aviation will have access to an exceptional broadband experience regardless of where or what size aircraft they fly. Busy passengers will be able participate in uninterrupted live video Zoom or MS Teams calls; access cloud apps such as Office365 and Slack; watch live TV or videos on demand; and use streaming apps, like FaceTime, and more.

Gogo service for business aviation will be available once the OneWeb network is commercially available.

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