Gogo says it has received the first of two STCs from the FAA for its 2Ku next-generation satellite connectivity service.
The initial certification will allow it to conduct flight tests on its own Boeing 737-500 flying laboratory.
Gogo says it will begin testing with one antenna and expects to add a second in June. It added that it expects to obtain the second required STC, and launch commercial service of the 2Ku technology, later this year.
Anand Chari, Gogo’s Chief Technology Officer, said: “This is a crucial step towards bringing Gogo’s 2Ku service to market later this year. We now have FCC approval and FAA approval for the radome, antenna and avionics equipment.”
2Ku, Gogo’s next generation Ku-band 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 US.