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Starlink in discussions with multiple airlines for in-flight Wi-Fi

SpaceX's Starlink wants to provide in-flight Wi-Fi to airlines, and they're 'in talks with several' airlines to make it happen.

@anthony256
Published Mon, Jun 14 2021 11:04 PM CDT   |   Updated Tue, Jul 13 2021 7:33 PM CDT

The world of travel was decapitated with the COVID-19 pandemic, and as a frequent traveler myself (Australia to the US at least 4-5 times a year...) it was in-flight Wi-Fi that needed the biggest upgrade to make traveling those ungodly amount of hours a better experience.

Starlink in discussions with multiple airlines for in-flight Wi-Fi 04 | TweakTown.com

SpaceX's Starlink is wanting to make that better, with the satellite internet network giant in talks with "several" airlines to have their satellites blast super-fast internet onto planes flying through the sky.

SpaceX vice president Jonathan Hofeller explained at a panel during the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit: "We're in talks with several of the airlines. We have our own aviation product in development ... we've already done some demonstrations to date and [are] looking to get that product finalized to be put on aircraft in the very near future".

The airline antennas that SpaceX has designed will be similar to its consumer-focused antennas, but "with obvious enhancements for aviation connectivity". That being the blindingly obvious: planes are moving through the sky at high speeds versus your house never moving and the satellite dish on top of it never moving.

Starlink's satellites will be transmitting data to each other through laser links, without having to bounce signals off of the ground stations back on Earth. This inter-satellite link will be a pretty damn cool next-gen technology to see being used in the real-world.

Hofeller explained: "The next generation of our constellation, which is in work, will have this inter-satellite connectivity".

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Anthony joined the TweakTown team in 2010 and has since reviewed 100s of graphics cards. Anthony is a long time PC enthusiast with a passion of hate for games built around consoles. FPS gaming since the pre-Quake days, where you were insulted if you used a mouse to aim, he has been addicted to gaming and hardware ever since. Working in IT retail for 10 years gave him great experience with custom-built PCs. His addiction to GPU tech is unwavering.

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