SpaceX Starlink Aims To Connect Satellite Internet Network To ‘Moving Vehicles, Vessels And Aircraft’

KEY POINTS

  • SpaceX is planning a new project for Starlink
  • This time it might involve a mobile satellite internet network
  • SpaceX filed for the project’s application at the FCC

SpaceX is looking into connecting moving vehicles to its satellite internet network Starlink based on a recently uncovered request the company filed with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not long after Elon Musk tweeted “Starlink Mini,” which could deliver mobile internet connectivity.

The FCC application spotted by Teslarati seeks to obtain a “blanket license” giving authority to end-user earth stations to be released as Vehicle-mounted Earth Stations (VMESs), Earth Stations on

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SpaceX wants to connect Starlink satellite internet to moving vehicles

A Starlink user terminal being set up.

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SpaceX wants to begin connecting large vehicles – from trucks to jets to ships – to its Starlink satellite internet network, according to a request the company filed with the Federal Communications Commission.

“This application would serve the public interest by authorizing a new class of ground-based components for SpaceX’s satellite system that will expand the range of broadband capabilities available to moving vehicles throughout the United States and to moving vessels and aircraft worldwide,” SpaceX director of satellite policy David Goldman wrote in a letter to the FCC filed on Friday.

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FCC awards SpaceX $886 million for satellite internet network

The Federal Communications Commission announced $9.2 billion in awards to companies providing broadband internet to rural areas across the US, and Elon Musk’s SpaceX was one of the biggest winners. The company will receive $886 million over the next 10 years for its Starlink satellite broadband project, under the Federal Communication Commission’s Rural Digital Opportunity Fund.

Starlink is SpaceX’s constellation of satellites that will fly at low altitudes around the Earth, providing internet on the ground below. SpaceX already has launched 900 of the planned 12,000 satellites needed for the Starlink system into low-Earth orbit. Musk has said the company

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Maps: Where SpaceX must offer Starlink satellite internet in the US

  • SpaceX recently won rights to $885 million in government subsidies for high-speed internet from a Federal Communications Commission program.
  • The goal of the $20.4 billion program, called the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund, is to coax companies to bring high-speed internet service to underserved areas of the US.
  • SpaceX’s subsidies will go toward Starlink, its growing satellite-internet service. In exchange, the company has to offer service to about 642,000 homes and businesses across 35 states.
  • The FCC rules require that SpaceX offer those customers internet service “at rates that are reasonably comparable to rates offered in urban areas.”
  • New maps based
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SpaceX Starlink satellite internet network early tests show fast speeds

SpaceX deploys 60 Starlink satellites in orbit.

SpaceX

SpaceX gave an update on early tests of its Starlink satellite internet network, which showed speeds capable of playing online video games and streaming movies.

Starlink is the ambitious plan by Elon Musk’s company to build an interconnected network of about 12,000 small satellites in low Earth orbit. To date, SpaceX has launched about 650 of its version 1.0 satellites and is currently building a system of ground stations and user terminals to connect consumers directly to its network.

The company confirmed during the webcast of its latest launch on Monday that

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