Elon Musk founder of Tesla setout SpaceX to bring high-speed internet to flights.
“We have our own aviation product in development…,” Hofeller told The Verge. “We’ve already done some demonstrations to date, and looking to get that product finalized to be put on aircraft in the very near future,” he added.
Among 4,440 satellites designed by starlink, 1800 satellites has been launched. They organize to furnish a global assurance with expeditious internet facility. This services mainly signify for pastoral areas in which fiber connections are impracticable. These plans will also applicable to commercial flights. The company assures speed up to 100Mbps for downloads and 20Mbps for uploads.
The technology used to manufacture airline antennas is similar to that of used in consumer terminals. Inorder to communicate with satellites the antennas should link with ground terminals.
“In-flight Wi-Fi is notoriously pricy, and typically quite slow. Hofeller said that Starlink will be able to provide a “great experience,” something which current, geostationary systems cannot do. However, he did not say when, exactly, this could launch. “To be determined […] Hopefully sooner rather than later,” he said.”
On past year, SpaceX organized a plan to conduct an experiment to check Starlink on five Gulfstream jets. Later they seek FCC acceptance inorder to use starlink primarily to vehicles which possibly will receive a signal. But this method is only possible for vehicles such as aircraft, ships, large trucks & RVs.
For the aircrafts which flies through remote areas of ocean and also the region which is very far off from ground stations inorder to provide connectivity an inter satellite link is required.
“The next generation of our constellation, which is in work, will have this inter-satellite connectivity,” Hofeller said.