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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SpaceX’s Starlink internet network ‘speed will double’ later in 2021, says Elon Musk

According to Elon Musk, the Starlink satellite internet service will be substantially upgrading both its speed and latency capabilities later in 2021.

As SpaceX continues to pioneer technology for commercial space travel, so too does it continue to launch expanded internet coverage through its satellite-driven internet service, Starlink. SpaceX has already launched numerous satellites with the purpose of offering high-speed internet to consumers the world around, but Elon Musk claims the service will be substantially upgraded through this year. Not only did Musk promise expanded regional coverage, but he also claimed “speed will double” on the service later in 2021.

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SpaceX’s Starlink satellite internet will get a test run in Ohio

Residents of rural Allen Township, Ohio will be among the first people to test drive the cutting edge Starlink satellite internet system, state officials announced Wednesday.

Lt. Governor Jon Husted said 90 household and 10 small businesses – which are currently underserved by high speed internet services – will be part of pilot program for Starlink beginning next year.

Husted added that the program was part of DeWine-Husted administration’s commitment to expand high speed internet access.

Allen Township is located near Marysville, Ohio about 35 miles northwest of Columbus. The township has a population of about 2,200 people.

The Starlink

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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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