SpaceX nears plans to offer Starlink internet connectivity to vehicles

SpaceX nears plans to offer Starlink internet connectivity to vehicles
American space transportation company, SpaceX has hinted plans to make its Starlink high-speed satellite internet system available for aircraft, cars, and boats in the U.S. As per sources familiar with the knowledge of the matter, SpaceX has filed an application with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to get approval for using its Starlink services for moving vehicles.

Connectivity to Starlink satellite internet will enable the extension of network connectivity from homes and offices to vehicles, vessels, and aircraft. With this move, users have uninterrupted access to internet while on the move, whether it be while driving a truck across the country, or moving a freighter from Europe to a US port.

However, for now, the space company has indicated that only a few qualified installers will be able to equip dishes on vehicles for accessing the service.

In a statement, the company said that the Starlink services will ensure installation of Earth Station in Motion (ESIM) terminals on vessels and vehicles for qualified users who have an understanding of the antennas radiation environment as well as the measures suited to maximize protection of the general public and persons operating the vehicle and equipment.

Incidentally, the service is facing one potential obstacle, that being the Starlink system sharing some radio spectrum used by NASA facilities and astronomical observatories. Commenting on this, SpaceX said that it aims to limit or cut off radio use when a vehicle integrated with dish technology is nearby.

As of now, SpaceX is looking forward to attaining an approval from the FCC for the application of Starlink satellite internet as soon as possible. Users willing to try out the satellite internet system can visit Starlink’s official website. Although, it would be essential to note that the company has not revealed plans on rolling out the service in many areas in the U.S. until mid to late 2021.