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Elon Musk’s Starlink plans to put faster Wi-Fi on commercial airplanes


Tech billionaire Elon Musk’s satellite Internet service — Starlink — is in talks with “several” airlines for in-flight Wi-Fi, media reports said.

Since 2018, SpaceX has launched nearly 1,800 Starlink satellites out of the roughly 4,400 it needs to provide global coverage of broadband internet, primarily for rural homes where fibre connections aren’t available.

Starlink is now being expanded to airlines, as SpaceX races to open the broadband network commercially later this year, the Verge reported.

“We’re in talks with several of the airlines,” Jonathan Hofeller, SpaceX’s VP of Starlink and commercial sales, was quoted as saying at the Connected Aviation Intelligence Summit on Wednesday.

“We have our own aviation product in development… we’ve already done some demonstrations to date, and looking to get that product finalised to be put on aircraft in the very near future,” he added.

Hofeller said the design for SpaceX ...


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