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The US presidential jet, Air Force One, already has all sorts of secure two-way air-to-ground communications, but a $73 million (€66.3m) order from the US Defense Department to California-based ViaSat significantly boosts the aircraft’s broadband connectivity.
The ViaSat deal also covers in-flight communications for Air Force Two, the back-up jet, as well as a pair of smaller jets that are used for other senior VIPs.
The contract covers technology which will allow the President – and his or her staff – to stream full-motion HDTV video, as well as increasing the number of circuits for voice conference calls and VoIP links.
Air Force One will use Ku and Ka-band frequencies to connect to satellite signals.