Starlink – the Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellite broadband provider backed by Elon Musk’s SpaceX venture – has revealed that it is now serving around 250,000 subscriptions ‘across consumer, enterprise and many businesses’. Speaking during a panel discussion at the Satellite 2022 conference in Washington, DC this week, Jonathan Hofeller, VP of Starlink commercial sales at SpaceX, said that while Starlink is best known for its consumer broadband service, it is also working to provide connectivity for other sectors, including the aviation industry. SpaceNews quotes the executive as saying: ‘Connectivity on airplanes is something we think is ripe for an overhaul. The expectation has changed faster than the technology has changed … We’re designing a service where every single passenger on that plane can stream simultaneously.’
TeleGeography notes that SpaceX seeks to become the world’s first high speed, low-latency satellite ISP, coordinating the largest fleet of operating satellites to deliver a consistent broadband service to the most disconnected areas. In March 2018 SpaceX was granted authority by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to deploy and operate a non-geostationary orbit satellite system comprising 4,425 satellites operating in the Ku- and Ka-bands for the provision of a fixed-satellite service constellation.