AIX: Kontron 2Ku MODMAN selected by Gogo for connectivity

Gogo's "2Ku" dual Ku-band antenna. The system will now use the Kontron MODMAN.
Gogo’s “2Ku” dual Ku-band antenna.

Kontron has announced that Gogo will deploy its next-generation MODMAN (Modem Manager) unit in its 2Ku inflight connectivity system in both retrofit and OEM line-fit programmes.

The MODMAN is based on the Taurus Ku-band modem from Gilat Satellite Networks and utilises the advanced technologies from the Kontron ACE Flight server family of products, which includes processor and Ethernet switch building blocks.

The MODMAN will support simultaneous inflight Internet connectivity and IPTV to users of the Gogo 2Ku system.

Andy Mason, Vice President Technology at Kontron America, said: “The selection of the Kontron MODMAN for the Gogo 2Ku IFC system is a significant milestone for us.

The Kontron team has a long history of collaboration with Gogo, going back to the first air-to-ground deployments in the US. Kontron’s global footprint allows us to fully support the Gogo 2Ku system and its worldwide customers.”

Anand Chari, Chief Technology Officer at Gogo added: “Gogo is constantly looking to innovate throughout the entire ecosystem of our network solutions including the hardware.


Kontron has been a great partner in helping us continue to improve on our already industry-leading technologies.”

The MODMAN leverages the standard product features of the company’s ACE Flight 4780 server and is compliant to the ARINC 791 standard, which covers airborne Ku- and Ka-band SATCOM systems.

The company says conformance to ARINC 791, combined with the ACE Flight open architecture platform, means that the company can easily adapt the MODMAN product to other installations and a diverse range of modem solutions.

Kontron will demonstrate its complete line of avionics products at the Aircraft Interiors Expo at booth #D50, Hall B2.

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