SpaceX will now be able to offer Starlink satellite internet to Your flights
Following approval by the US Federal Communications Commission, SpaceX will now be permitted to provide Starlink satellite internet to moving vehicles (FCC). As Tom Sullivan, the head of the FCC’s international division, put it, “driving an RV across the country, transferring a freighter from Europe to a US port, or even on a domestic or international trip,” users may soon have reliable access to high-speed internet wherever they are. A network of low orbit satellites called Starlink, which was deployed in 2019, provides satellite internet access to 36 countries.
The company’s service is slower than traditional internet, but recent testing suggests that the speed difference is shrinking, with median Starlink download rates in the US reaching 90.55 Mbps. Following the most recent authorization, SpaceX already has some new business planned. The business has agreements in place with Hawaiian Airlines and the semi-private charter company JSX, according to CNBC’s reporting. Even before the most recent victory, Starlink was flourishing; according to SpaceX, it has already put 2,700 satellites into orbit and attracted 400,000 customers.
There are limitations to the FCC’s decision, though. In exchange for any future investments in the business, Starlink has promised to “take any interference received from both present and future services approved” and to “bear the risk that operations may be subject to additional conditions or requirements.”
Despite expectations that satellite broadband will democratize communication, Starlink’s network is not impervious to failure. For instance, 40 of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites were destroyed earlier this year by a geomagnetic storm brought on by solar activity, underlining the danger that solar storms pose as we continue to clog up low Earth orbit.
The current geopolitical environment may potentially be problematic for the satellite network. Elon Musk, the CEO of SpaceX, has issued a warning to the Ukrainian government and people, saying that utilizing their satellite dishes to access the internet could make them a prime target for Russian missile attacks.