Elon Musk’s Starlink satellite system can stream Netflix and YouTube at 30,000 feet. The trip from Burbank to San Jose marks the beginning of Musk’s attempt to take over the trucking business. Starlink has launched more than 3,000 satellites and serves more than 400,000 customers.
According to SpaceX, the predictions underestimate how fast the system will develop. Starlink says it can service planes of all sizes, citing an agreement with parent company Hawaiian to service large Airbus and Boeing jets. The company said it had been wrongly rejected by officials who judged existing data speeds to be the fastest service they had hoped for when Sky Network expanded.
Airlines could upgrade more than 1,000 aircraft in their regional fleet from legacy internet systems in the coming years, and Starlink is a “leading contender” for such deals. The Starlink system has consistently recorded a throughput of more than 100 megabits per second. The additional onboard equipment increased the demand to the equivalent of 20 to 30 passengers using the system. Netflix and YouTube videos worked seamlessly during flights, and two-way video chats via WhatsApp worked well. Annual sales in the market are expected to exceed $7.3 billion by 2031.