SpaceX has just penned a contract with the first airline to provide wireless Internet services for operating aircraft, confidently providing high-speed connection with the Starlink satellite array operating in orbit.
The business owned by Elon Musk has been in talks with many airlines for a long time, and officially announced the partnership over the weekend. The original purpose of SpaceX was to bring the Internet to remote areas that are difficult to reach by cable. With the new move, we see Elon Musk continuing to target customers in the “highlands”.
According to Euronews, the private jet company JSX will install Starlink satellite receivers on 100 planes, and the fleet with high-speed Internet will take off by the end of this year. In addition to the above information, a spokesman for JXS declined to disclose the value of the contract.
JSX announced the partnership not long after Ed Bastian, CEO of Delta Air Lines, revealed the company’s contract with SpaceX. Mr. Bastian confirmed that he was carrying out speed tests of Starlink in the air.
Since 2019, Starlink has put into low Earth orbit on less than 2,000 signaling satellites. And although the system has not been deployed at full capacity, the satellite array is already providing a fairly stable connection to areas that do not have a connection to the global Internet.
SpaceX is in the process of applying for a license to operate the Starlink system on aircraft and ships, and has also performed connection tests on a number of military aircraft. Soon, passengers using air services will have a stable connection, and long flights will seem shorter with the presence of high-speed Internet.