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I'm on a PLANE!
Josh 201604 KWP
So, American has a wifi to satellite internet bridge on this flight. $10 for a 2 hour flight.

258ms latency
850kb/sec peak
674kb/sec average
58kb/sec upload
SSH is usable, and web is fine.

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I've always wondered how they track the satellites. It seems quite a bit easier on a cruise ship, but with how frequent there are changes in pitch, roll, and yaw, it seems that there would be a lot of outages. Also, punching a 10GHz+ signal through the fuselage seems challenging, particularly considering the antenna arrays are designed to be on the ventral side, not dorsal. Thoughts?

Nah, GPS and bidirectional satellite antennae are small pucks on top.

But, I was wrong. This isn't satellite. Satellite is about a buck a minute for phone calls, and about $6/minute for data calls.

What American (and Delta, Virgin, etc) have is http://www.gogoinflight.com which is the air transport product name of http://www.aircell.com/ which is an FCC certified air to ground 800MHz cellular network.

Aircell offers CDMA/GSM bridging onto their cell network, but that equipment is not deployed anywhere yet.

Aircell also offers satellite relay for flights outside of the US, but that too is not deployed yet.

Weight on a 767 is about 143 pounds. Smaller planes will have lighter equipment requirements.

There are 92 cell towers across the US which provide about 95% coverage for flights above 10,000ft.

I've been waiting for this sort of thing for a long time. It's not fanTAStic.. but... it'll work. $10 seems a little steep, but I'm sure that'll come down some in time.


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