back to article Inmarsat flings latest Wi-Fi-on-airliners satellite into orbit

Inmarsat has successfully launched its latest satellite, which will form part of the grandiosely named European Aviation Network for putting faster Wi-Fi aboard airliners. The 5.7 tonne Hellas Sat 3-Inmarsat S EAN bird was launched into orbit by French firm Arianespace from French Guiana, aboard an Ariane 5 rocket, at 2215 BST …

  1. CraPo

    Just not on anything bigger than a mobile phone

    when travelling to the US (soon the world).

  2. GBE

    No difference -- except for the huge latency...

    "Within the aircraft, passengers connect to the in-flight Wi-Fi, having coughed up the appropriate price first, and – in theory – see no difference between satellite and ground connectivity."

    See no difference? Adding 250ms to the latency is certnaly something you can see.

  3. Lars Silver badge

    Is it not

    Grandiosely childish to write "the grandiosely named European Aviation Network".

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward


      But it is grandiosely childish to whine about it. Lars.

  4. NoneSuch

    I hear the cross-feed to the nearest MILSAT is working perfectly for uninterrupted surveillance opportunities.

    1. phuzz Silver badge
      Black Helicopters

      Why bother with an expensive satellite when you can just intercept it on the ground as it leaves the satellite downlink station?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    13 hour flight to Tokyo last week

    Man sitting next to me paid the $19 dollars for "wifi for the whole flight". It worked for him - very slowly - for all of 90 minutes. When he complained, the stewardess told him, "oh, that never seems to work over the ocean". Funny that they don't mention that before taking your money.

    1. Nick Kew

      Re: 13 hour flight to Tokyo last week

      So your airline needs to use another satellite to provide coverage over the relevant ocean. Today's news, for what it's worth, is that they've just launched another satellite.

      Can't see myself being a user. Though I could envisage subscribing to satellite service from home if I find myself living somewhere without terrestrial broadband.

    2. jmarked

      Re: 13 hour flight to Tokyo last week

      What a poor guy!

      Hope Inmarsat will provide wider range soon.

    3. paulf

      Re: 13 hour flight to Tokyo last week

      @Andy Prough "Man sitting next to me paid the $19 dollars for "wifi for the whole flight""

      Sounds like they did what they promised and provided a Wifi connection for the whole flight. What they didn't mention was the WiFi AP would only have internet backhaul for part of the flight. If he'd read the T+Cs in full he would have found this explained clearly on page 263.

  6. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    I wish Emirates Air flew in the US

    Other than Southwest who is passably decent if spartan, the remaining carriers in the US are horror show of terrible comfort and worse service, all for a high price!

    1. Your alien overlord - fear me

      Re: I wish Emirates Air flew in the US

      I think there's a guy call Trump who wouldn't be in favour of that - Muslims and all that. Pretty certain if you get rid of him, they'd come over.

  7. Christoph


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