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January 14, 2013

I Wish I May, I Wish I Might, First Star I See Tonight...is a Satellite?

By Jamie Epstein, TMCnet Web Editor


What is up there in the sky? It is a bird, a plane, or maybe just a satellite? It was recently revealed that Gogo, a company specializing in in-flight connectivity as well as wireless in-flight digital entertainment solutions, will soon be installing its offerings which include a Ku-band satellite and ATG (News - Alert)-4 in American Airlines' new Airbus A320 family and Boeing 737 planes.

Although Ku bands are mainly utilized to power satellite communications, they can also be used for wireless backhaul infrastructures as well as in satellites needed to function in remote locations that are attempting to send a signal back to a live feed in a newsroom. In fact, 1983 is highlighted as the first major time a Ku band was implemented by NBC.

While the installation process is slated to begin in the not so distant future, according to Michael Small, Gogo’s president and CEO, "Installing the two systems helps ensure these aircraft will stay connected wherever they fly, whether they're flying domestically or headed to an international destination. Gogo's ability to deploy multiple connectivity solutions gives us the flexibility to install the right technology for each individual aircraft regardless of its mission. American's decision to use both solutions is further acknowledgment of the significant advantages of the dual system for an enhanced customer experience."

The company’s next-generation suite is already being leveraged in more than 400 American aircraft and is continuing to expand its footprint within the wireless space through giving users on-demand network access. When travelers are allowed to conduct activities from the air just like they would while on the ground, frustrations that typically have to do with waiting on never ending lines or anticipating a delayed flight can be erased.

In related satellite news, Space Systems/Loral’s Amazonas 3 multimission satellite has been brought to the European Spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, where it will be responsible for delivering multiple services ranging from direct-to-home television and corporate fixed and mobile telephone networks, to broadband in the Americas, Europe and North Africa.

“With the early delivery of Amazonas 3, SSL has helped bring Hispasat (News - Alert) closer to its goal of providing the main communications bridge between the European and American continents,” added Carlos Espinós, chief executive officer of Hispasat. “When launched, the satellite will bring great opportunity for innovation and growth in Latin America with its broadband payload.”

With the ability to work successfully for up to 15 years, the satellite which encompasses 33 Ku-band and 19 C-band transponders and 9 Ka-band spot beams will help to completely revolutionize the services resident in Latin America can enjoy.

Want to learn more about the latest in communications and technology? Then be sure to attend ITEXPO Miami 2013, Jan 29- Feb. 1 in Miami, Florida.  Stay in touch with everything happening at ITEXPO (News - Alert). Follow us on Twitter.




Edited by Rachel Ramsey



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