US regulators said Elon Musk’s aerospace firm may connect its satellite web network to American ships, planes and cars
FILE PHOTO: A long-exposure image shows a trail of SpaceX’s Starlink satellites passing over an area near Capilla del Sauce, Uruguay, February 7, 2021. © AFP / Mariana Suarez
SpaceX has received the green light to start connecting its orbital Starlink internet service to US-registered moving vehicles, including boats, planes and cars. Regulators shot down objections to the scheme raised by the firm’s corporate rivals.
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision on Thursday, noting that SpaceX would be permitted to operate “unlimited Ku-band” – frequencies largely used for satellite comms – “in the territorial waters of the United States and aboard US-registered vessels throughout international waters worldwide.”
“Authorizing a new class of terminals for SpaceX’s satellite system will expand the range of broadband capabilities to meet the growing user demands that now require connectivity while on the move,” the FCC said, adding that the approval covers “vessels, land vehicles and aircraft.”