- On Monday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX is working on an antenna that connects vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs to its satellite internet network.
- Musk has provided clarification and explained the antenna will not be for “connecting Tesla cars to Starlink,” and added that the user “terminal is much too big.”
- “This is for aircraft, ships, large trucks, and RVs,” Musk said.
On Monday, CEO Elon Musk tweeted that SpaceX is working on an antenna that connects vehicles like semi-trucks and RVs to its satellite internet network.
Musk provided clarification and explained that the antenna will not be used for “connecting Tesla cars to Starlink,” and added that the user “terminal is much too big.”
“This is for aircraft, ships, large trucks and RVs,” Musk said.
SpaceX wants to connect more than just homes to its Starlink satellite internet:
The company submitted an FCC request to begin installing and operating terminals on “moving vehicles” – from cars and trucks to ships and jets. https://t.co/ekXLqjP1fy
— Michael Sheetz (@thesheetztweetz) March 8, 2021
CNBC had reported that SpaceX sought after authorization from the Federal Communications Commission to begin deploying antennas for its Starlink service on “moving vehicles” – and Musk responded.
Starlink is SpaceX’s capital-intensive project, designed to build an interconnected internet network made up of thousands of satellites, known in the space industry as a constellation. And is designed to deliver high-speed internet to consumers anywhere around the globe.
David Goldman, SpaceX director of satellite policy, wrote in a letter to the FCC on Friday that “the volume of traffic flowing over the world’s networks has exploded,” and added “no longer are users willing to forego connectivity while on the move.”
“This application would serve the public interest by authorizing a new class of ground-based components for SpaceX’s satellite system that will expand the range of broadband capabilities available to moving vehicles throughout the United States and to moving vessels and aircraft worldwide,” Goldman wrote.
Last year the space company requested authorization from the FCC to conduct experimental testing with private jets and its maritime fleet of vessels. The new request placed on Friday is for a more broad “blanket license” of operations. SpaceX made it a point that the FCC’s rules “do not require applicants to submit a maximum number of user terminals to be deployed,” and SpaceX did not specify the number of terminals it plans to build/use.