Starlink Aviation: SpaceX’s satellite internet will be on planes in 2023
Elon Musk’s SpaceX announced the launch of Starlink Aviation’s high-speed satellite Internet service for passengers on aircraft with an Aero terminal on board. This was reported on the company’s Twitter.
“Thanks to Starlink, passengers will be able to access high-speed Internet with low latency from the moment they board the plane,” the publication says.
The website of the Starlink Aviation project specifies that the connection speed on the airliners will reach 350 Mbps, which will allow all passengers to simultaneously access streaming Internet.
“With a latency of just 20 milliseconds, passengers can engage in activities previously unavailable in flight, including video calls, online gaming, virtual private networks and other high data rate activities,” the company said.
Starlink Aviation assures that the installation of terminals in aircraft can be carried out in the shortest possible time, so that airlines will be able to do this as part of scheduled aircraft maintenance checks.
The cost of the equipment is about $150,000. Potential customers can already book Aero terminals now, but deliveries will begin in 2023.
According to The Verge, the Internet speed offered by Starlink Aviation is much higher than that currently offered on air routes. Thus, air-to-ground systems are currently used on most aircraft, reaching a maximum speed of about 10 Mbps per flight. At the same time, they only work on land.
However, Starlink Aviation promises global coverage due to the fact that the company’s satellites move in low Earth orbit.
“This is certainly a big jump from the typical speeds offered by most onboard Wi-Fi,” the trade publication commented on the new Starlink service.