Thursday, February 11, 2016
By Daniel Kane
Research will help to realize more reliable airplane internet, faster smartphone connections and more
In order to get internet service to airline passengers five or six miles up in the air, airlines mount antenna systems to the tops of their planes. The systems are bulky and generate drag which reduces fuel efficiency. In the next five years or so, electronically steered antennas that are lighter, generate less drag and are more reliable will replace today’s mechanically driven airplane internet systems.