Tesla CEO Elon Musk stands at the foundry of the Tesla Gigafactory during a press event. Years
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Elon Musk on Thursday spoke of plans to use Starlink for SpaceX’s in-flight Wi-Fi and stressed that his company is in talks with airlines to add high-speed satellite internet service.
Musk wrote in a tweet, “Please let them know if you want it on your plane,” Starlink could add “Less delay ~ half a gigabit connection in the air!”
Starlink is the company’s plan to build an interconnected Internet network with thousands of satellites, known as a star in the space industry, designed to provide high-speed Internet to customers anywhere on the planet.
SpaceX has launched 1,740 Starlink satellites so far, and the network has more than 100,000 users in 14 countries participating in a public beta, valued at $ 99 per month.
Jonathan Hoffler, vice president of SpaceX, said earlier this year that the company was in talks with “several” airlines to add Starlink in-flight Wi-Fi, noting that it was a “development aviation product.”
“It simply came to our notice then [are] Looking to finally put this product on the aircraft in the very near future, ”Hoffler said in June.
The airlines work with satellite broadband providers for inflight Wi-Fi, followed by Viagra and Intelsat, which bought Gogo’s commercial aviation business – two companies that join the airline, including Delta, JetBlue, American Airlines and United. However, when existing services use satellites in distant orbit, Starlink satellites orbit around the Earth and can speed up passengers’ insights.
Hoffler further stressed that Starlink “provides a global network,” so that “airlines are flying under that global network wherever it goes.”
Shares of Gogo, which now focuses on commercial airlines rather than commercial airlines, fell as much as 5% in trading on Thursday.
A Boeing 37-200 prepares to land at George Newbury Airport in Buenos Aires on August 21, 200.
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Musk previously said that “regulatory approval” currently determines when Sterlink can use airlines, as the service “must be certified for each type of aircraft.”
Musk said in a tweet in June, “Those who are focusing on 37 and A2020, including development testing at Gulfstream, who serve the majority of people.”
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