Starlink: dishes also for ships, planes and campers

Starlink: dishes also for ships, planes and campers


The Starlink constellation of satellites continues to grow (another launch is scheduled for tomorrow) and reservations for the first season tickets have already started. Pending the increase in performance for fixed locations, Elon Musk has planned the next step: to install the dishes on ships, planes, campers and other large vehicles.

Starlink also on the move

SpaceX has applied to the FCC (Federal Communications Commission) for a license to create Earth Stations in Motion (ESIM), which are stations installed on planes, ships and vehicles operating in US airspace, in US and international waters, and on US territory. These ESIMs will broadcast in the 14-14.5 GHz band and will receive in the 10.7-12.7 GHz band.

Not connecting Tesla cars to Starlink, as our terminal is much too big. This is for aircraft, ships, large trucks & RVs.

- Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 8, 2021

Although the document talks about vehicles, Elon Musk specified that the terminals (dishes) are too large to be installed on Tesla. The goal is to allow mobile Internet access through antennas installed on planes, ships, trucks, campers and other large vehicles. The terminals are electrically identical to those already available, but will probably have a different design. In any case, their installation will be reserved for specialized technicians (traditional dishes can be fixed by users).

The Starlink constellation currently consists of 1,141 satellites. As can be read in the document, SpaceX has received authorization to launch over 4,400 satellites into geostationary orbit (550 km). Elon Musk therefore wants to offer everyone the opportunity to access the Internet, despite the criticisms received (light pollution and space debris).

Source: ArsTechnica

Elon Musk wants to connect vehicles to the internet through SpaceX’s Starlink satellites

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