SpaceX wants to bring Starlink internet to trucks, cargo ships and planes

SpaceX wants to bring Starlink internet to trucks, cargo ships and planes

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SpaceX has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to authorize the operation to install terminals on the Starlink satellite network in "vehicles in motion".

Elon Musk explained on Twitter that this phrase covers aircraft, ships, large trucks and mobile homes (RVs) so that users don’t lose their Internet connection when they’re not at home. For example, a truck driver will be able to cross the country and have a permanent link to the Internet, such as a ship that sails from Europe to the US, etc. The installation of these terminals will be carried out by qualified professionals and for the time being conventional cars are excluded, because the size of the terminal is quite large.

The Starlink network is already supported by 1000+ SpaceX satellites, which currently provide Internet access in some countries of the world with download / upload speeds of 100 / 20Mbps and a response time of less than 31ms. The cost of the service is € 499 for equipment and € 99 for monthly subscription, but speeds are expected to triple before the end of 2021 and global coverage will be completed in 2022.

SpaceX's vision is to support the Starlink network with more than 10,000 satellites and to cover the entire Earth, targeting mainly in remote areas that do not have infrastructure.

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