SpaceX, Elon Musk’s company specializing in astronautics and spaceflight, has just announced the launch of Starlink Aviation. The mission of this new business unit is to make high-speed satellite internet service available to airlines from 2023.
Previously limited to recreational vehicles, cruise ships and yachts, Starlink’s satellite internet service is taking to the skies. With the installation of a air terminal which incorporates an electronically controlled network antenna, will provide aircraft with internet speeds of up to 350 megabits per second.
According to the company, this ultra-high throughput combined with low latency of only 20 milliseconds allows you to make video calls and play online video games. Activities once impossible in flight. Actually to date major airlines is rarely able to deliver an internet speed of over 100 megabits per second. second. And again at a fairly low altitude.
A price that makes headlines
Currently, Starlink aviation is mainly aimed at a high-end clientele as well as small aircraft from companies such as Embraer, Bombardier or even the Gulfstream G650. Thus, this service has a price: $150,000 for the installation of the equipment and $17,000 on $34,000 per month for maintenance. However, the price may decrease as the solution is implemented in major global airports and larger aircraft fleets.
Starlink: a growing division
If previously Starlink’s broadband service required the use of a ground terminal with a clear view of the sky to operate, the United States Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has just authorized SpaceX to offer the service to vehicles.
Excellent news that has enabled the company to establish many strategic partnerships. To mention only its cooperation with the airlines Hawaiian Airlines, JSX or Speedcast. T-Mobile US also announced that it will begin using the Starlink service by the end of 2023 to provide customers with nationwide text message coverage where terrestrial macro antennas cannot reach.
According to Elon Musk, his department is on the right track and now has 500,000 subscribers.