SpaceX is working to get its fast Starlink internet brought to the planes, and negotiations with certain airlines are already underway.
The constellation of Starlink satellites differs from others in that its satellites are lower – 550 kilometers from the sea surface. Due to that, a larger number of satellites is needed, so the company received a permit to launch as many as 42 thousand units (originally there were 12 thousand). Those who live in areas where internet connection has not been possible so far will benefit the most, but also passengers on flights of certain airlines.
SpaceX since May 2019, it has been regularly launching new satellite tours, and the future mega-constellation is constantly growing. Three more satellites were launched three weeks ago, so the total number is now 1,800 units. The company had promised higher speeds even earlier than with traditional connections, but the Ookla Speedtest shows that this is true only in some areas, while in others the speed is worse than it is with other distribution methods. The company claims that with the development of the constellation, that will change. Starlink is joining a market that has been dominated by large companies for years offer bad internet as a last resort to those who have no other choice, mainly because they live in remote parts of the world. The new satellites are closer to Earth than other Internet satellites, which should allow them to deliver higher speeds.
The turn came on the planes, so it is at the recent Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit, it could be heard that SpaceX is already negotiating with several airlines. Starlink is currently available as a beta service in certain areas (mainly in the United States and Canada), at a price of $ 99 a month (equipment costs $ 499). It is pointed out that the Internet in airplanes is separated from terrestrial connections, since it cannot always rely on stations on Earth – for example when flying across the ocean. To overcome this problem, Starlink satellites will connect to each other via laser links, which will be possible in the next phase of the development of the Starlink constellation, which is being worked on.
In-flight Wi-Fi is usually very expensive, but also slow. Starlink could change that soon, and after offering the internet that was not possible until now.
Source: PC Press by pcpress.rs.
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