Cars, planes and boats are Starlink’s next target: it requests authorization to bring satellite internet to vehicles
Little by little and half that Starlink unfolds your constellation of satellites, the satellite internet is reaching rural areas. With amazing bandwidth and thanks to Starlink antennas, the Starlink beta program is proving its capabilities. Now you want to go one step further, search satellite vehicles such as cars, boats or planes.
As indicated Ars Technica, SpaceX has presented to US regulators a request to place their antennas also in vehicles. Now it will depend on the Federal Communications Commission of the United States decide if Starlink can place its terminals in “Ground Stations in Motion”.
With “Earth Stations in Motion” it is generally refers to cars, trucks, planes or boats for example. In general, vehicles that can have a portable communications antenna. Essentially allowing a ship on the high seas to have 175 Mbps broadband, or to a truck crossing the country in the middle of a rural area for example.
The Starlink network in cars, boats or planes
That SpaceX seeks to expand its Starlink network to vehicles as well and not limit itself to homes should come as no surprise. The important point here to keep in mind is what the Starlink receiver will look like in a vehicle, which will of course differ from the antennas that Starlink currently places on rooftops.
Actually Starlink offers an installation kit that comes with the antenna and the modem among other things for each user to install the antenna. It is a relatively simple process, although not the most ideal to place in a car for example. Instead SpaceX reflects that vehicle antennas “are electrically identical to previously authorized consumer user terminals, but have mounts that allow them to be installed in vehicles, boats and aircraft.”
More than an installation kit, we will most likely see Starlink antennas factory built into some vehicles or installed by a qualified technical team in others. The rest is to conceal the plate enough to integrate it into the design of a vehicle.
The million dollar question: by when satellite internet broadband at the Tesla? In a call with investors last year, Elon Musk responded to a question that addressed exactly that. He said “it’s definitely something that can happen in the next few years.”
While this comes, Starlink continues to unfold throughout the world. Recently SpaceX opened the beta in Spain too. With about 1,000 satellites already in orbit, the service has the capacity to operate decently, although still far from the dozen of thousands of satellites that they want to place at least.
Via | Ars Technica