SpaceX Signs Deal With Charter Plane Service to provide In-Flight Starlink internet service

In the past, SpaceX has discussed the possibility of supplying airlines with in-flight Internet connections through Starlink. Contracts negotiated with charter airline provider JSX now allow it to equip 100 of JSX’s aircraft with the terminal. A benefit of the partnership is that travelers will not have to jump through hurdles to go online while flying. In contrast to other places that provide free Wi-Fi, JSX promises that guests won’t have to sign in to use the service.

As a result, business travelers who want to do business in the air will find the system to be more accommodating. JSX declined to provide details on the deal’s value. Currently, SpaceX charges an individual membership cost of $99 per month, but the company has just revealed a $499 per month pricing for corporations. This article promotes Starlink as a realistic choice for those living in low-income or rural places where there are few other options for getting online (and did float the idea of a lower-cost subscription plan for low-income users in an FCC filing).

Also in negotiations with several other airlines, SpaceX is developing a dedicated Starlink terminal that can be put on an aircraft and instantly switch between satellites when the jet travels vast distances. In a way, this is comparable to how mobile phone towers relay your phone’s connection from one tower to the next when you travel large distances.

An “exploratory test” of in-flight Internet access is now being conducted by Delta Airlines with the goal of attracting more business travelers.

Starlink’s in-flight Internet service, according to Elon Musk, would be a “scheduled driver” for regulatory clearance from the FAA, the Federal Aviation Administration said. The FAA, which has repeatedly delayed a judgment on SpaceX’s application for a scheduled orbital test of Starship, is one of several regulatory authorities with whom Musk routinely disputes. When it comes to space launch companies like SpaceX, he said the FAA was better placed to regulate airplanes.

Additionally, SpaceX is developing a Starlink terminal for the transportation of huge vehicles such as RVs, buses, trains, and cruise liners.

Mobile and consistent connections are vital in applications such as disaster response or long-distance train travel, according to the company’s press release on the new terminal. The bonnet of your automobile cannot be fitted with Starlink connectors, though. JSX charters flights that often transport corporate clients between key cities in the western United States. There are 30 seats onboard its jet jets. Faster airport check-ins and valet service are two of its selling features.

Source: Redorbit

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Written by Alex Bruno

Freelance space writer Alex Bruno specializes in covering China's quickly expanding space industry. In 2021, he started writing for SpaceXMania. He also contributes to publications including SpaceNews, IEEE Spectrum, National Geographic, Sky & Telescope, and New Scientist. When Alex was a small child, he first experienced the space bug after seeing Voyager photographs of alien planets in our solar system. When not in space, Alex likes to go trail jogging in the Finnish countryside.

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