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China's first aircraft with homegrown high-speed satellite internet system makes maiden flight

China's first aircraft fitted with a homegrown high-speed satellite internet system successfully completed its maiden flight on Tuesday, official media here reported on Wednesday.

The system was tested on Qingdao Airlines flight QW9771 which took off from Qingdao Liuting International Airport at 4.46 pm and landed at Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport at 7.21 pm, the Global Times reported.

During the flight, passengers on-board could access internet services at speeds hiigher than 100 megabytes at a height over 10,000 meters. A live broadcast was also held during the flight, marking the first live in-flight broadcast in China's civil aviation history, the report said.

The satellite system is based on XstreamSAT, which was built using China's first and only high throughput satellite (HTS) in Ka band frequency, Zhongxing 16, it said. Aircraft internet is traditionally powered by Ku band satellites, which mean much slower connection speeds.

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