A step closer to more bandwidth in the skies

LiveTV, the in-flight connectivity subsidiary of JetBlue, took a major step forward in their efforts to provide satellite-based Internet connectivity today with the launch of ViaSat-1 from the International Launch Services facility in Kazakhstan. The launch gets the satellite into orbit over the United States and provides the necessary signal coverage and bandwidth capacity to allow for the trial of the service in the aircraft in the coming months and its eventual deployment. The service will run in the Ka spectrum band which provides more bandwidth and lower operating costs than the Ku-band which is currently in production with Row44.



Next up is confirmation that the satellite actually is successfully in orbit and that it is functioning correctly. But, for now, everything looks good on the launch.

In addition to JetBlue the service is going to be used by United Airlines subsidiary Continental as well.

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Seth Miller

I'm Seth, also known as the Wandering Aramean. I was bit by the travel bug 30 years ago and there's no sign of a cure. I fly ~200,000 miles annually; these are my stories. You can connect with me on Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.