The Magical Science of Wi-Fi on Airplanes

How we browse the internet at 35,000 feet

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Source: 2018 Global Traveler Study

Air to ground (ATG) system

Ground-based towers projecting signal upward. Source: ThePointsGuy
GoGo’s ATG-4 System consists of two main antennas under the belly, two side antennas, an onboard server, and a number of Wi-Fi router antennas inside the plane.

Satellite system

Satellite-based system by GoGo consisting of a satellite antenna, an on-board server, Kandu, to control antenna movements, Modman to convert signals, and multiple Wi-Fi access points within the plane.

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