Elon Musk’s SpaceX gets U.S. approval for an endless internet connection

SpaceX has been given permission by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to install Starlink internet in ships and aircraft.

According to CNN, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved SpaceX for  providing Starlink internet to trains, ships, and other vehicles including RVs and planes. Currently, internet connectivity aboard commercial airplanes and private aircraft are provided by satellites and ground-based cell towers. However, there is a significant distance, sometimes up to 22,000 miles, between the jet and the cell tower or satellite (satellite). Due to the great distance, the connection and speed may be unstable.

Switching to Starlink would reduce the distance between the plane and the satellite,  improving the stability of internet connection per the proximity of the satellites. SpaceX has launched Starlink satellites into lower-Earth orbit, which are only a few hundred miles from the surface of Earth. According to SpaceX, Starlink has a shorter latency internet connection because the satellites are closer to the earth. Notably, Hawaiian Airlines already has a contract with SpaceX that was signed in April to add Starlink services to its fleet of aircraft. 

Since 2019, SpaceX has deployed 2,700 Starlink satellites in a steady stream, adding hundreds of thousands of users, many of whom pay $110 a month for broadband internet using $599 self-install terminal kits.

The FCC argues that SpaceX’s application to extend its Starlink services to new types of vehicles and the launching of more satellites is in the public’s best interest and that the next-generation satellite system will increase broadband capabilities.

The regulator even claims that Starlink’s upcoming on-the-go internet service will satisfy consumer demand for a dependable internet connection, regardless of the type of movement being made, including “driving an RV across the country, moving a freighter from Europe to a U.S. port, or while on a domestic or international flight.”