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Starlink unveils airplane service—Musk says it’s like using Internet at home

Airplane operators can reserve now for Starlink deliveries in mid-2023.

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Enlarge / An airplane with a Starlink Aviation terminal installed. (credit: Starlink)

SpaceX is now advertising Starlink Aviation, promising 350Mbps broadband with unlimited data for each airplane it’s installed in.

“Starlink can deliver up to 350Mbps to each plane, enabling all passengers to access streaming-capable Internet at the same time,” the company said. “With latency as low as 20 ms, passengers can engage in activities previously not functional in flight, including video calls, online gaming, virtual private networks and other high data rate activities.”

Starlink said the airplane service will use a “low-profile Aero Terminal” with “an electronically steered phased array antenna, which enables new levels of reliability, redundancy and performance.” It has a “simplified design” that “enables installations during minimal downtime and combines well with other routine maintenance checks,” Starlink says. The service hardware also includes two wireless access points.

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