SpaceX on Wednesday unveiled Starlink Aviation, a satellite internet service that will offer in-flight Wi-Fi on private jets.
Starlink, a company founded by SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, aims to sell internet connections to almost anyone on the planet through a growing network of private satellites orbiting overhead. The new service plans to charge customers $150,000 for the hardware needed to connect a jet to Starlink, with monthly subscriptions costing between $12,500 per month and $25,000 per month for unlimited data.
The internet terminals, which Starlink Aviation expects to begin delivering in mid-2023, can offer download speeds of up to 350 Mbps, “allowing all passengers to access streaming-enabled internet at the same time.” , the company said on its website.
“Passengers may engage in previously non-functional in-flight activities, including video calls, online games, virtual private networks and other high data rate activities,” the company said.
Starlink is a collection of approximately 2,000 satellites in low earth orbit designed to deliver fast Wi-Fi around the world. Earlier this year, he signed a deal to to Hawaiian Airlines passengers on flights across the Pacific, including to the continental United States, Asia and Australia. Carrier JSX had already signed up to use Starlink.
SpaceX also offers asatellite internet service, which caters to people who travel frequently in RVs, RVs and other large vehicles. The service costs $135 per month, $25 more than Starlink’s residential service, with a one-time $599 equipment fee.