[Epoch Times, July 1, 2022](Epoch Times reporter Chen Ting comprehensive report) On Thursday (June 30), the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) authorized SpaceX toStarlink(Starlink) A satellite internet system for vehicles in motion, including cars, trucks, boats, and planes.
SpaceX’s “Starlink“System-wise, it’s a huge win that further expands the company’s broadband offerings into commercial aviation, marine and road transport, and more.
The “Starlink” system provides high-speed Internet access services covering the world through a series of rapidly growing low-Earth orbit satellite constellations. SpaceX has long sought to expand its customer base from individual broadband users in rural, internet-poor areas to corporate customers in the lucrative automotive, shipping and aviation sectors.
FCC in the authorization letter (Link) said the authorities agreed that “it would be in the public interest to grant their application conditionally.”
“Licensing a new type of terminal for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the reach of broadband capabilities to meet growing user demands,” the mandate reads. “These demands now require connectivity on the move, whether driving an RV across the country. , carrying cargo ships from Europe to U.S. ports, or on domestic or international flights.”
In March last year, SpaceX applied to the FCC for approval to allow Starlink’s “Earth Stations in Motion” (ESIM) terminals to be used in vehicles on the move.
To connect to the system’s broadband internet, customers have to buy a $599 terminal kit, use the terminal to connect to the satellite above, and pay a monthly fee of $110.
Since 2019, SpaceX has steadily launched about 2,700 Starlink satellites into low-Earth orbit and has hundreds of thousands of users.
The California-based space company, which in recent years has sought to offer Wi-Fi service on passenger planes, has also signed the first such deals with Hawaiian Airlines and independent airline JSX in recent months.
“We take the passenger experience very seriously,” Jonathan Hofeller, head of marketing for Starlink, said at an aviation conference earlier this month. “We’ll be on the planes here soon, so hopefully passengers will Was amazed by the experience.”
Previously, SpaceX has been testing custom Starlink terminals on Gulfstream Aerospace jets and U.S. military aircraft under the FCC license.
Founder and CEO of SpaceXElon Musk(Elon Musk has previously said that under Thursday’s authorization, Starlink is expected to be used for various types of transportation, including planes, ships, large trucks and motorhomes. He has said, however, that he doesn’t see “connecting Tesla cars to Starlink because our terminals are so big.”
In the low-Earth orbit satellite internet space there is a fierce competition between SpaceX, British satellite operator OneWeb and Amazon’s Kuiper initiative. Kuiper plans to launch the first satellites for broadband internet later this year.
Reuters contributed to this report.
Responsible editor: Ye Ziwei#