SpaceX plans to fit laser links to its Starlink satellites so they can beam the internet to planes for in-flight WiFi

Source: Business Insider

“SpaceX could soon provide in-flight WiFi to airline passengers via its Starlink satellite internet service, The Verge first reported on Wednesday. Elon Musk’s space company was in talks with commercial airlines to beam Starlink internet to their airplanes, Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s vice president of Starlink and commercial sales, said during the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit on Wednesday …. Starlink mainly serves rural communities through its 1,635 low-Earth orbit satellites. A beta kit costs $499 upfront, plus $99 a month for a subscription. SpaceX plans to use airline antennas, which work in a similar way to existing user terminals but have ‘obvious enhancements for aviation connectivity,’ Hofeller said. The company would design and build tech specific for aircraft, he added. SpaceX would start connecting each Starlink satellite with laser links that don’t need to bounce off ground stations. This would mean airplanes flying over remote areas, such as oceans, can still offer in-flight internet.” (06/10/21)

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