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.
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